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The Great Dictator

Charlie Chaplin as The Great Dictator, angrily giving a speech
The Great Dictator, starring Charlie Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, Jack Oakie, Reginald Gardiner, Henry Daniell, Billy Gilbert  The Great Dictator, possibly the most well-known of Charlie Chaplin’s films, was a timely satire on Nazisim and fascism in general, and Adolph Hitler in particular. In it, Charlie Chaplin plays a double role — Adenoid...
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The Circus (1928) starring Charlie Chaplin, Merna Kennedy

The Circus, produced & directed by Charlie Chaplin. Starring Charlie Chaplin, Merna Kennedy, Al Garcia, Harry Crocker, Henry Bergman
The Circus, produced & directed by Charlie Chaplin. Starring Charlie Chaplin, Merna Kennedy, Al Garcia, Harry Crocker, Henry Bergman Synopsis of Charlie Chaplin’s The Circus: The Circus is one of the Little Tramp’s most poignant roles, as well as one of Charlie Chaplin’s funniest silent movies — for...
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Limelight, starring Charlie Chaplin

Limelight, starring Charlie Chaplin as Calvero
Limelight (1952) starring Charlie Chaplin, Claire Bloom, Sydney Chaplin, Nigel Bruce, Buster Keaton  Limelight is a truly wonderful film; it swiftly became one of my favorites. In a nutshell, it’s the story of a once-great stage comedian (Calvero, a formerly great tramp clown, played by  Charlie Chaplin), who’s...
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The Pilgrim starring Charlie Chaplin, Edna Purviance

The Pilgrim (1923) starring Charlie Chaplin, Edna Purviance
The Pilgrim (1923) starring Charlie Chaplin, Edna Purviance  In  The Pilgrim, Charlie Chaplin plays his traditional  Charlie the Tramp role, as an escaped convict trying to head as far away from the prison as possible.   He quickly ditches his prison uniform, and ‘borrows’ a minister’s clothing and hat instead....
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A Countess from Hong Kong

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 Editorial review of A Countess from Hong Kong, (1967) starring Marlon Brando, Sophia Loren, directed by Charlie Chaplin, courtesy of Amazon.com  Charlie Chaplin’s last film is the cinematic equivalent of Willie Mays staying too long in baseball–a sad farewell from someone who has clearly lost his touch. Marlon...
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A King in New York (1957)

Movie review of A King in New York (1957) starring Charlie Chaplin, Dawn Addams  There are some people who consider A King in New York to be a bitter screed against the United States of America by Charlie Chaplin, after his exile from it.   I totally disagree....
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Chaplin (1992) starring Robert Downey Jr.

DVD cover - Robert Downey Jr. as Chaplin
Chaplin, Directed by Richard Attenborough, starring Robert Downey Jr., Geraldine Chaplin, Moira Kelly, Anthony Hopkins, Dan Aykroyd, Kevin Kline Synopsis of Chaplin:  A biography of Charlie Chaplin, told in flashback by the elderly Chaplin, played unexpectedly well by Robert Downey Jr. A very good film, relatively balanced, displaying...
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The Chaplin Revue (1959)

The Chaplin Revue - A Dog's Life, Shoulder Arms, Sunnyside, A Day's Pleasure, The Idle Class, Pay Day, The Pilgrim
The Chaplin Revue (1959) — containing A Dog’s Life, Shoulder Arms, Sunnyside, A Day’s Pleasure, The Idle Class, Payday, and The Pilgrim Synopsis of The Chaplin Revue:  The Chaplin Revue is a 2 DVD set of some of Charlie Chaplin’s finest silent films. In 1959, Charlie Chaplin created “The...
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Modern Times

Modern Times, (1936), starring Charlie Chaplin, Paulette Goddard
Summary of Modern Times,  (1936), starring Charlie Chaplin, Paulette Goddard Modern Times begins with Charlie Chaplin as Charlie the Little Tramp gainfully employed at a factory.  Although the strict regimentation is driving him to the brink …  And then over the brink, when the factory owner has him...
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