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Reviewed in the United States on May 18, 2018
Chaplin is IMO the only great maker of films who was involved in every aspect, writing, acting, directing, creating the musical scores for such simplified intellectual classics as Modern Times and The Great Dictator. Even his early slapstick remains a trademark in world culture while too many silent films have not. I somehow completely missed this Attenborough biographical movie growing up and I have a mixed impression. Despite the colorful cast, the film is too short and ends up introducing many scenes of Chaplin's life without really going very far into them. Too much is taken for granted and based on the assumption that you know who certain icons were. This might work for someone who is still alive, in an era still current, but Chaplin's legacy remains in his films and the times in which he lived are detached from most modern takers. I guess today they would have made it a series on some isolated digital platform (and probably would have taken too many liberties with cliche and fallen flat as well). It's too bad that more hasn't been said on Chaplin, but at least we have this great 1993 attempt, which is probably as good as it gets.
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