Unknown Chaplin | 1985
A three-part British documentary (1983) about the genius of Charles Chaplin. A cache of Chaplin footage, including rushes, outtakes, and abandoned films, comprises most of the three segments, providing a unique glimpse of the great actor/director at work. Part 1 ("My Happiest Years") covers the period that Chaplin spent with the Mutual Film Company, where he produced a total of twelve two-reel films.
Part 2 ("The Great Director") shows Chaplin as independent filmmaker in his own studio. In discarded scenes from "The Gold Rush" and "City Lights," Chaplin emerges as an improvisor and perfectionist. Part 3 ("Hidden Treasures") includes home movies and sequences cut from "City Lights" and "Modern Times."