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Chaplin film receives première
Charlie Chaplin
Chaplin had an eventful private life
A documentary about the life and work of screen legend Charlie Chaplin is being shown at the Edinburgh film festival on Friday.

Charlie: The Life and Art of Charles Chaplin, made by Richard Schickel, looks at his career as actor, director, producer and composer.

Featuring contributions from Martin Scorsese, Woody Allen and Lord Attenborough, it also delves into Chaplin's private life, including his affairs and four marriages.

Complete with rare footage, Schickel's film investigates a paternity suit scandal and Chaplin's pursuit by the FBI, which led to his self-imposed exile from the US.

Its UK première in Edinburgh is being attended by Chaplin's children, Michael and Geraldine.

Chaplin's estate is promoting a series of newly-restored DVD and video issues of the silent film star's finest comedy moments.

Eight remastered films, including classics such as The Great Dictator, Modern Times and City Lights, are being made available alongside unreleased family home movie footage and deleted scenes.

British-born Chaplin, who was knighted in 1975, has also become the subject of a research foundation at the British Film Institute (BFI).

It is releasing a collection of short films he made at Chicago's Essanay silent film studios in 1916/17 - said to be some of the funniest and most innovative work of his career.

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