Tonight: The Real Charlie Chaplin

Well, I don’t get Showtime, and I don’t know anyone who does, but periodically they show something that makes me wish I did. Tonight they premiere a program called The Real Charlie Chaplin. I was skeptical at first, thinking, “What more can be said?” But it turns out that this one is likely to be significant, as it contains lots of previously unreleased documentary material. Until now Chaplin and his heirs kept a tight lid on audio-visual material having to do with Chaplin’s private life. Clips of Chaplin NOT performing are as rare as hen’s teeth. But this doc promises lots of home movies, interviews, news footage, and so forth (and the Chaplin family seems involved) so in its way, to many of us, this one is as exciting as Get Back in terms of juicy unreleased stuff that will illuminate an unseen side of its famous subject. I know I’ll be watching it as soon as I can. And when I do I’ll let you know the upshot. The show’s official page is here.

ADDENDUM: saw it and loved it. Review is here.