In 1975, filmmaker Richard Patterson produced a documentary on Charles Chaplin which was the first such film that included scenes from later films including City Lights, Modern Times, The Great Dictator, Verdoux, Limelight, etc. It also contains footage of Chaplin from decades worth of newsreels, home movies, the historic Oscar telecast from 1972 and footage taken of him at his home in Vevey in 1974. He is the only person who had full access to Charlie and Oona and was able to film them at their home. Walter Matthau, Laurence Olivier and Jack Lemmon provide various narration as well as some the finest voice talents in Hollywood.
“The Gentleman Tramp” is one of the finest documentaries on Chaplin and is not a talking heads documentary. Rather, it unfolds in pictures and story through the use of transcripts, film sequences, news articles, memoribilia and all in the space of seventy eight minutes. It’s visual style and swift pace makes it one of the best and most entertaining film documentaries you’re likely to see.
Once available on VHS (and on twenty five 16mm prints released to libraries and universities), Richard Patterson has produced eight hundred limited edition DVD sets of his loving and sometimes brutally honest depiction of the Little Tramp. The film was mastered from the original film elements and is breathtaking to behold. Instead of selling them at a premium, Richard Patterson has released them through Amazon.com and is selling them for $10 plus shipping! You will be buying them direct from Mr. Patterson.