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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.

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