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“The Real Charlie Chaplin” (Showtime — documentary premiere, Dec. 11)
British actress Pearl Mackie (“Doctor Who”) narrates this new documentary from filmmakers Peter Middleton and James Spinney, who were given unprecedented access to the Chaplin archives. What emerges is a 90-minute kaleidoscopic portrait of an artist who became one of the greatest figures in moviemaking. Blending dramatic reconstructions with previously unheard recordings, intimate home movies and newly restored Chaplin classics, the filmmakers reveal a side to this iconic writer, director and actor that previously was shrouded in mystery.