CHAPLIN
1992, Sony Repertory, 143 min, USA, Dir: Richard Attenborough

Robert Downey Jr. earned a well-deserved Best Actor Oscar nomination for his performance as the titular comic legend. Like many of Chaplin’s best films, this biopic balances hilarious gags with moments of sadness as it traces the performer’s life and loves from his start in silent shorts to his retirement in Switzerland. CHAPLIN boasts superb production values led by Sven Nykvist’s cinematography and John Barry’s Oscar-nominated score as well as an outstanding supporting cast including Anthony Hopkins, Dan Aykroyd, Kevin Kline, Diane Lane and Geraldine Chaplin (playing her own grandmother).


DOCTOR ZHIVAGO
1965, Warner Brothers, 193 min, Dir: David Lean

This story of Czarists, revolutionaries, two beautiful women in love with the same man, a nation in upheaval - and, above all, the poet-physician (Omar Sharif) who witnesses and remembers it all - is one of the most lyrical, visually breathtaking films in the history of the medium. Co-starring Julie Christie, Geraldine Chaplin, Rod Steiger, Tom Courtenay and Alec Guinness, with sublime music by Maurice Jarre.


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