Stealing Charlie Chaplin

Stealing Charlie Chaplin

DVD - 2017
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In 1978, three months after the death of comedy icon Charlie Chaplin, his body disappeared from its grave in Corsier-Sur-Vevefy, Switzerland. Examining Magistrate Jean-Daniel Tenthorey and the Swiss Police had no clues to follow, only ridiculous rumors. It would be quite some time before the robbers would eventually contact the family asking for a millions Swiss Francs. After being denied by the family, the robbers would lower the amount a number of times before escalating threats of violence.
Publisher: New York, NY : Virgil Films, [2017]
Edition: Widescreen version
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (72 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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Mar 30, 2018

Not much to see in this documentary. Well told, but it seems that this documentary was hard to follow. I guess I expected more from this documentary.

Jan 18, 2018

There is very little to see. It is mostly old French speakers struggling to speak in English. There probably should have been a narrator to move the events along, interspersed with a few brief quotes from the people involved. Only very interested people should attempt to watch this.

Dec 09, 2017

This should have been an interesting little documentary but it is quite painful to watch because it is so poorly put together. Most (French speaking Swiss people) struggle to get their point across in English when they could have much more easily just spoken their native language with subtitles. Which brings me to the subtitles which are white graphics usually on light colored backgrounds; they were really difficult to read. Even the English historian was hard to listen to with his 'um's and 'uh's; I wanted to reach down his throat and pull the words out.

If you want to know about this I suggest you just look on Wikipedia or Google it.

Nov 20, 2017

A well told account of the literal theft of Chaplin's coffin. With limited technology and tracking devices, it took the authorities awhile to locate the new burial site and the body snatcher, who tried in vain to extract ransom money. Not reading the fine print beforehand, I thought I was in for a comedy, but being a big fan of Charlie, I needed to see it. If I ever got a tattoo, I would seriously consider this man's image etched on my skin forever.

I remember this happening. It was such a bizarre shock. Who would do such a thing? Madness. I was looking forward to this documentary but was fairly disappointed with the result. It does an adequate job but that's all. The sound levels are all over the place. I had to keep adjusting the volume. Some of the content was repetitive (different people saying the same thing at great length). And the film, although just 72 minutes, could have been done in 20 or so with tighter editing and a good narrator. The interviews should have been cut down a lot but left whole in a special features section for those interested. Overall, if you are curious about this strange tale, it does the job. It's just that it could have (and should have) been so much better.


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