11 May 2010 | tavm
Charlie Chaplin-The Forgotten Years is a fascinating documentary of the famed silent comic's later years
Just watched this documentary of the famed silent movie comic, Charlie Chaplin, during his final years in Switzerland on fancast.com. Because his political views clashed with the prevailing view of the United States government of that time, the once-popular celebrity was blocked from going back to his adopted country (of which he never became a citizen of) and eventually settled, along with his wife, Oona, and their children in the mountainous European country. It's here that we hear his voice during those years and see home movie footage of his various travels and his enjoyment with his family. We also see clips of two of his final films-A King in New York and A Countess from Hong Kong-of which one of his sons, Michael, had a small part in the former and his actress daughter, Geraldine, in the latter. Those two, along with sibling Eugene, provide some wonderful anecdotes of their father in mostly sentimental terms though Michael does admit to some troubles he had as a teenager when he ran away from home. Also interviewed were actor Peter Ustinov, who shares a birthday with Charlie, and singer Petulia Clark, who had a hit song from A Countess from Hong Kong that Chaplin wrote called "This is My Song" which she sings in its entirety at the end. The most touching part of the documentary was when The Little Tramp came back to Hollywood in 1972 to receive his Honorary Oscar and got a standing ovation from the audience as he soaked in the recognition. Also touched was how, like the U.S. government did when he lived here, the Swiss authorities kept an eye on him with many documents in existence though he was never directly threatened. All in all, Charlie Chaplin-The Forgotten Years is a worthy look at the great man's later years as he lived the rest of his life.