Run time: 114 mins

From childhood poverty to adult stardom, obscurity to fame and then infamy, Chaplin’s story was always the stuff of legend. This documentary provides a gripping, clear-eyed overview of his life and works.


The true nature of Charlie Chaplin as a person is itself vague and ill-defined, obscured by layers of performance, so the answer feels constantly out of reach; this film aims to find that answer. There are some striking creative decisions, however, particularly in the editing of archive footage. The documentary ponders the ephemeral nature of the pictures themselves, its melting images emphasising film as a medium that decays, perhaps in a visual emulation of how Chaplin’s fame itself gradually faded.


Co-directors James Spinney and Peter Middleton make adventurous use of lip-synced recreations, bringing old audio recordings to new cinematic life as they wrestle with the contradictory spectre of one of cinema’s true pioneers.


“Who is the real Charlie Chaplin?” asks the documentary, and the answer is: “Who knows?” Like the Little Tramp alter ego he constructed from absurdly contradictory castoffs, Chaplin was the long and the short and the tall, all at once. (Jack Whiting)


Monday 23rd May
02:00 pm
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07:30 pm
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18:00
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14:00
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19:00
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14:00
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19:30
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14:00
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19:30
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14:00
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19:30
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14:00
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19:30
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14:00
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19:30
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19:00
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18:00
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19:00