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).

1968, 20th Century Fox, 120 min, UK, Dir: Bryan Forbes

Michael Caine is cat burglar Henry Clarke, who with accomplices the Moreaus (Giovanna Ralli and Eric Portman) plans and executes an elaborate diamond heist from the epic estate of millionaire Salinas (David Buck).

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