• The Real Charlie Chaplin
  • The Real Charlie Chaplin
  • The Real Charlie Chaplin

The Real Charlie Chaplin

by Peter Middleton, James Spinney Documentary Competition

Charlie Chaplin is an icon of cinema – but who was the man really? In an innovative montage of extensively researched archive material and newly discovered sound recordings, this documentary essay traces the British comedian's meteoric rise from the slums of Victorian London to the Hollywood Olympus. But the darker sides, including those relating to his ex-wives and his eccentric working methods, are also explored. THE REAL CHARLIE CHAPLIN is not only the story of a controversial and visionary artist, it is also the story of the transformation of cinema and society in times of economic boom or political persecution.

About the director(s)

Peter Middleton graduated with a degree in visual arts, while James Spinney studied English literature. Their collaborative series of award-winning documentary films about the author John Hull formed the foundation for their debut feature-length documentary NOTES ON BLINDNESS (2016), which won the British Independent Film Award for Best Documentary Film. Their most recent work THE REAL CHARLIE CHAPLIN world premiered this year at Telluride Film Festival.

About the director(s)
  • Genre: DOC: Arts & Culture
  • Country, Year: UK, 2021
  • Runtime: 114 Min
  • Languages: English
  • Subtitles: German
  • Directors: Peter Middleton, James Spinney
  • Screenplay: Oliver Kindeberg, Peter Middleton, James Spinney
  • Cinematography: James Blann
  • Editor: Julian Quantrill
  • Sound: Stephen Hodge
  • Music: Robert Honstein
  • Producers: John Battsek, Jo-Jo Ellison, Ben Limberg, Mike Brett, Steve Jamison
  • Production Companies: Archer's Mark, Passion Pictures, Smaller Biggie, Ventureland, Fee Fie Foe
  • World Sales: Altitude Film Entertainment
  • www.altitudefilment.com/film/sales/63/the-real-charlie-chaplin
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