CHAPLIN is the cinematic equivalent of a whistle-stop tour of Europe--the kind that takes you to ten cities in five days at such speed that everything melts into a vaguely entertaining blur. Richard Attenborough's film traces the entire arc of Chaplin's life, including his impoverished
childhood in London, his early days as a vaudeville entertainer, his unparalleled success as a star and director of silent films, his enforced exile in Switzerland as a result of his alleged Communist sympathies, and his final, triumphant return to Hollywood in 1972 to accept a special Oscar for
his life's work.
That's not to mention the series of young women who punctuated Chapl...