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Film Review: The Real Charlie Chaplin, Directed by: James Spinney, Peter Middleton, 2022

One of the biggest phenomena in the history of cinema is undoubtedly the rise of Charlie Chaplin. Adam, whose career spanned seven decades, managed to completely change the popular medium. Until it reached the screen, the cinema was a documentary tool, showing fleeting images of objects and people doing their work. He invented the character of the hobo and introduced art, comedy, movement into it and therefore changed popular culture forever.

The contribution and genius of Charlie Chaplin is almost indisputable. He was a star of silent cinema and even managed to produce and direct two films with sound, which are considered eternal classics: "Stage Lights" and "The Great Dictator". He was a huge idol in the United States, people cheered and shook when he approached. On the other hand, he was the victim of a witch hunt and was considered a traitor and even deported from the United States.

He was born at the end of the 19th century, in April 1889, in England to a poor family. Thanks to a lot of talent and also luck, it should be noted, he became a star on a scale unknown until then. He was one of the first celebs that people could see on the screen and even actually touch and admire. It has been a huge icon to this day, a timeless brand that has never been shaken.

Alongside his success, his personal life was more problematic. The film features rare home movies and original speakers, most of whom are no longer alive. They tell about a sealed man, who serially cheated on his wives and married several times. He had many children, whom he did not see nor was he interested in and he had a complete addiction to the limelight.

Chaplin died at the age of 88 in his sleep on December 25, 1977 in Switzerland and he was even buried there. Until the end of his days he was a genius, but not fully understood.

The film "The Real Charlie Chaplin" is a documentary, which has two sides. The first side describes a man who had a fascinating story and a meteoric rise from poverty to dizzying success, and the other side shows a man who was mainly addicted to himself and the screen, who was very closed to his surroundings and his children, who mainly suffered a lot of mental damage from his enormous success.


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