When I last saw it many years ago, I was enthralled with the Kevin Brownlow/David Gill documentary Unknown Chaplin (1983), a three-part examination of the career and working methods of the great Charlie Chaplin. Using never-before-seen outtakes, Brownlow and Gill produced perhaps the most insightful overview of Chaplin’s accomplishment ever released.
It’s been hard to find, but Metrograph will come to the rescue with a screening of all three parts of the documentary on Wednesday, November 29, at 7.00pm. Reserve your seats here. I previously wrote about Chaplin some time ago and republished that short essay here in conjunction with Metrograph’s recent screening of The Circus (1928). In 1986, John J. O’Connor reviewed Unknown Chaplin in the New York Times. See you at the movies.