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Chaplin
(1992)
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Composed, Orchestrated, Conducted, and Produced by:

Performed by:
The English Chamber Orchestra
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Epic Soundtrax
(December 15th, 1992)
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Regular U.S. release.
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AWARDS
Nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe.
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Buy it... if you enjoy John Barry's slowly paced, lushly romantic scores and wish to hear one of the last truly effective ones in his career.

Avoid it... if you think that once you've heard one Barry epic, you've heard them all.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #771
WRITTEN 7/7/98, REVISED 2/17/06
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Chaplin: (John Barry) So much had been known about Charlie Chaplin's movies and the public persona he attempted to enhance in his own autobiography, and yet the significant (and, to some extent, self-imposed) troubles in his personal life went largely undocumented until Sir Richard Attenborough attempted a revealing bio-epic of the early film star in 1992. As to be expected from this sort of Attenborough venture, the film's scope was grand and the acting credits contained a dozen well-known names. In the title role, Robert Downey Jr. (like Chaplin himself, mired in legal trouble) is convincing both aesthetically and in mannerism, and the film is littered with other high quality performances. But the major faults of the film are the pace at which it steams through Chaplin's life, the emphasis on the sex and other turmoil (an encounter with J. Edgar Hoover is invented to explain that a snub of Hoover by Chaplin at a party is a reason why the FBI pursued Chaplin as a Communist during his later days), as well as the flashback format of the film that includes Anthony Hopkins attempting to get the juicier details out of Chaplin before his decline in the 1970's. Despite these critical complaints about the project, Attenborough's film received some recognition during awards season, and an Academy Award nomination was given to John Barry for his dramatic underscore; it would be the last nomination for the man who had won four "Best Score" Oscars from the late 1960's through the early 1990's.



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639 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 3.96 Stars
***** 331 5 Stars
**** 108 4 Stars
*** 96 3 Stars
** 57 2 Stars
* 47 1 Stars
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A masterpiece
Sheridan - September 22, 2006, at 11:17 a.m.
1 comment  (2204 views)
Where is John Barry?
Eric Y. - May 5, 2006, at 11:40 a.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 49:32
• 1. Chaplin - Main Theme (3:06)
• 2. Early Days in London* (4:17)
• 3. Charlie Proposes (3:01)
• 4. The California/The Cutting Room (3:45)
• 5. Discovering the Tramp/Wedding Chase (4:01)
• 6. Chaplin's Studio Opening (1:58)
• 7. Salt Lake City Episode** (2:11)
• 8. The Roll Dance (2:34)
• 9. News of Hetty's Death/Smile (3:42)
• 10. From London to L.A. (3:20)
• 11. Joan Barry Trouble/Oona Arrives (2:15)
• 12. Remembering Hetty (2:57)
• 13. Smile (2:05)
• 14. The Roll Dance (1:47)
• 15. Chaplin - Main Theme/Smile (4:48)
• 16. Smile*** (3:38)
* Features re-recorded music from the song "The Honeysuckle and the Rose"
** Rerecorded music from the Charles Chaplin film City Lights
*** Produced by Jonathan Elias, Alexander Lasarenko and Fritz Doddy and not featured in the film

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert contains notes by Sir Richard Attenborough and a picture of Barry with Attenborough.
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