The life and times of filmmaker extraordinaire Charlie Chaplin (Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin). An elderly Chaplin narrates the film, as he tells the story of his life to his biographer. From his formative years in England to his highest successes in America, Chaplin’s life, work, and loves are followed. While his screen characters are extremely hilarious, the man behind “The Little Tramp” was constantly haunted by a sense of loss.


I’m not usually a fan of these artsy fartsy film, and this was no exception, however, I did enjoy learning about Charlie Chaplin, one of the true legends of cinema.

Robert Downey, Jr. gives one of his best performances in this film. Such a shame that shortly after this, he would go on a downward spiral of drugs and alcohol. That being said, he rebounded quite nicely with Iron Man.Looking at old pictures of Chaplin and then taking a look at Downey, its hard to tell the difference.

Anthony Hopkins may play a fictitious character, but he does so with such dignity, you would never even know.

One person that stuck out in the cast was Geraldine Chaplin, who portrayed her grandmother Hannah Chaplin. That had to be quite the honor and daunting task to be in a film about your father and playing one’s grandmother. I know I would have had troubles with it.

Much of the cast of this film has one on to become big stars. The film itself was nominated for many awards including Best Actor, Best Score, and Best Art Direction. This is truly a great film, in terms of filmmaking, but not the most entertaining film. Still, you should give it a look-see if for nor other reason than to say that you learned something about Charlie Chaplin.

3 1/2 out of 5 stars


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