Chaplin (1992)

RICHARD ATTENBOROUGH

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB

United Kingdom/USA/France/Italy, 1992.  Carolco Pictures, , Canal+, RCS Video.  Story by , Screenplay by , , , based on the books Chaplin His Life And Art by , and My Autobiography by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by Richard Attenborough, .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by , .  Film Editing by .  

Richard Attenborough seems to be under the impression that a film about silent-screen giant Charlie Chaplin’s various sex scandals makes for a revealing look into his career. Not so, and in actuality this film reveals less about him than his own work ever did. His inspirations and resources for creative fuel aren’t mined enough in this shallow biography. What it does have going for it, however, is a precise and inspired performance by Robert Downey Jr., who brings to the screen everything that made the legend as loveable, enigmatic and mysterious as he was. The film boasts a giant supporting cast as well, none of whom are used to good enough effect, including Chaplin’s daughter portraying her own grandmother.

Academy Award Nominations:  Best Actor (Robert Downey Jr.); Best Art Direction; Best Original Score

Golden Globe Award Nominations:  Best Actor-Drama (Robert Downey Jr.); Best Supporting Actress (Geraldine Chaplin); Best Original Score

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