Swiss author Pierre Smolik poses with crafted wings covered with swan feathers made for a final film by comic actor and filmmaker Charlie Chaplin that was never completed. Photo: AFP

The Freak, a Charlie Chaplin masterpiece that never was

A new book reveals the comic genius planned to make one last film – to the chagrin of his wife – with his daughter in the starring role as a winged girl who exposes humanity’s deepest flaws

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Swiss author Pierre Smolik poses with crafted wings covered with swan feathers made for a final film by comic actor and filmmaker Charlie Chaplin that was never completed. Photo: AFP
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