Directed by Charlie Chaplin

Directed by Charlie Chaplin

18 Episodes

One of film’s greatest geniuses both in front of and behind the camera, Charlie Chaplin was, for a time, the most popular entertainer in the world. From his early slapstick shorts, Chaplin pushed the envelope in developing the art of screen comedy, perfecting it in features like THE KID and THE GOLD RUSH, in which he mined his Little Tramp persona for pathos as well as laughs. Even into the sound era, Chaplin continued to refine the art of the gag along with his masterful storytelling touch in classics like CITY LIGHTS and MODERN TIMES. Though his popularity faded later in his career, the controversial MONSIEUR VERDOUX and the valedictory LIMELIGHT now shine as brilliant late works from a filmmaker who never lost an ounce of his artistic daring.

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Directed by Charlie Chaplin
  • A Dog’s Life

    Episode 1

    Directed by Charles Chaplin • 1918 • United States

    Charlie Chaplin's first film for First National Films, A Dog's Life revolves around Chaplin's iconic Tramp character as he navigates the cityscape with 'Scraps' the dog. The two go on a journey to help the Tramp have a better life with Edna, a d...

  • Shoulder Arms

    Episode 2

    Directed by Charles Chaplin • 1918 • United States

    From the depths of a trench in war-torn France, Chaplin supplies a little levity to a stark situation as an American soldier dreams of one day becoming a WWI hero. A man can dream can't he?

  • A Day’s Pleasure

    Episode 3

    Directed by Charles Chaplin • 1919 • United States

    Charlie Chaplin stars in this comedy short about a middle class family man who encounters one difficulty after another while attempting to make a simple excursion by car and boat with his wife and kids.

  • Sunnyside
    30:19
    Episode 4

    Sunnyside

    Episode 4

    Directed by Charles Chaplin • 1919 • United States

    A farm hand is in love with his neighbor, but a city slicker might ruin his chances. Directed by Charlie Chaplin.

  • The Idle Class

    Episode 5

    Directed by Charles Chaplin • 1921 • United States

    Idle hands are the devil's workshop; unemployed hands lead to pure mischief. Charlie Chaplin's iconic Tramp takes a "vacation" at a golf resort where he is mistaken for one of the members. The Tramp hopes to merely play through, but landing in t...

  • The Kid
    53:28
    Episode 6

    The Kid

    Episode 6

    Directed by Charles Chaplin • 1921 • United States

    Charlie Chaplin was already an international star when he decided to break out of the short-film format and make his first full-length feature. THE KID doesn't merely show Chaplin at a turning point, when he proved that he was a serious film dir...

  • Pay Day
    22:26
    Episode 7

    Pay Day

    Episode 7

    Directed by Charles Chaplin • 1922 • United States

    Chaplin plays a productive bricklayer who lives by the adage, "Work hard, play hard." With a stack of money burning a hole in his pocket, he bickers with his wife on the best way to allocate the payday funds.

  • The Pilgrim

    Episode 8

    Directed by Charles Chaplin • 1923 • United States

    A prison escapee trades his state issued attire for that of a pastor, not realizing the holy calling that comes with the garb. The pilgrimage takes him to a Texas border town where he seeks redemption while on the run.

  • A Woman of Paris

    Episode 9

    Directed by Charles Chaplin • 1923 • United States

    Charles Chaplin made his debut as a director/producer at United Artists with A WOMAN OF PARIS which, as a serious drama, was a major departure from his previous output. He proved that he was just as adept here as he was with comedy, however, pre...

  • THE GOLD RUSH: 1925 Version

    Episode 10

    Directed by Charles Chaplin • 1925 • United States

    Charlie Chaplin’s comedic masterwork—which charts a prospector’s search for fortune in the Klondike and his discovery of romance (with the beautiful Georgia Hale)—forever cemented the iconic status of Chaplin and his Little Tramp character. Sh...

  • The Circus

    Episode 11

    Directed by Charles Chaplin • 1928 • United States

    Virtually a lost Chaplin film for half-a-century -- despite getting him an Oscar in 1928 -- The Circus was also the last of the movie legend's light efforts, with no higher purpose to its comedy than to make people laugh often and hard. A little...

  • City Lights

    Episode 12

    Directed by Charles Chaplin • 1931 • United States

    CITY LIGHTS, the most cherished film by Charlie Chaplin, is also his ultimate Little Tramp chronicle. The writer-director-star achieved new levels of grace, in both physical comedy and dramatic poignancy, with this silent tale of a lovable vagra...

  • Modern Times

    Episode 13

    Directed by Charles Chaplin • 1936 • United States

    Modern Times, Charlie Chaplin's last outing as the Little Tramp, puts the iconic character to work as a giddily inept factory employee who becomes smitten with a gorgeous gamine (Paulette Goddard). With its barrage of unforgettable gags and sl...

  • The Great Dictator

    Episode 14

    Directed by Charles Chaplin • 1940 • United States

    In his controversial masterpiece THE GREAT DICTATOR, Charlie Chaplin offers both a cutting caricature of Adolf Hitler and a sly tweaking of his own comic persona. Chaplin, in his first pure talkie, brings his sublime physicality to two roles: ...

  • THE GOLD RUSH: 1942 Version

    Episode 15

    Directed by Charles Chaplin • 1942 • United States

    Charlie Chaplin’s comedic masterwork—which charts a prospector’s search for fortune in the Klondike and his discovery of romance (with the beautiful Georgia Hale)—forever cemented the iconic status of Chaplin and his Little Tramp character. Sh...

  • Monsieur Verdoux

    Episode 16

    Directed by Charles Chaplin • 1947 • United States

    Charlie Chaplin plays shockingly against type in his most controversial film, a brilliant and bleak black comedy about money, marriage, and murder. Chaplin is a twentieth-century bluebeard, an enigmatic family man who goes to extreme lengths t...

  • Limelight
    2:17:48
    Episode 17

    Limelight

    Episode 17

    Directed by Charles Chaplin • 1952 • United States

    Charlie Chaplin's masterful drama about the twilight of a former vaudeville star is among the writer-director's most touching films. Chaplin plays Calvero, a once beloved musical-comedy performer, now a washed-up alcoholic who lives in a small L...

  • A King in New York

    Episode 18

    Directed by Charles Chaplin • 1957 • United Kingdom

    When the deposed European King Shadov (Charlie Chaplin) arrives in New York as a new exile, he realizes he must earn a living and accidentally discovers that television commercials afford him the opportunity to do just that. But he also discove...