Of innate elegance, he has left an indelible mark on two key stages of our cinematography
Known as Gerarda among her colleagues by profession, Geraldine Chaplin is an essential film actress (and not only Spanish), of innate elegance who has left an indelible mark on two key stages of our cinematography, and that she has worked with the greatest of Europe and America. A couple of weeks ago, Charles Chaplin’s daughter turned 77 wonderful years.
Geraldine Chaplin was born on July 31, 1944 in Santa Monica (United States). The first-born daughter of the mythical Charlie Chaplin and Oona O’Neill (daughter of the Nobel Prize-winning playwright Eugene O’Neill), she made her first appearance on the big screen when she was just eight years old in the film ‘Candilejas’ (1952), directed by his father. As a child she emigrated to Europe, studying in England and Switzerland. With an enormous talent for dance and interpretation, Geraldine studied ballet in England with the Royal Ballet School, debuting in Paris in ‘Cinderella’ (1963), which made the French Jacques Deray notice her and him offered his first role in the cinema, in 1964 in ‘Kidnapping under the sun’, a film with which he started his professional cinematographic career.
However, it would be the director David Lean who saw her dance at the Royal Ballet Academy in London, who offers her her first leading role in ‘Doctor Zhivago’ (1965). The filming of this title marks his roots in Spain, since during his filming he meets the young director Carlos Saura, with whom he joins professionally and emotionally. From his hand he appears on the national film scene, and together they roll nine films of the so-called current of the new Spanish cinema: ‘Peppermint frappé’ (1967); ‘Stress is three three’ (1968); ‘The burrow’ (1969), of which he was co-writer, ‘The garden of delights’ (1970), ‘Ana and the wolves’ (1972); ‘Cría cuervos’ (1975) ‘Elisa, vida mía’ (1977); ‘The blindfold’ (1978); and ‘Mom turns 100’ (1979).
But at the same time, Geraldine, a versatile and ductile actress, whose career far exceeds one hundred titles, works intensively in English, French, Swiss and North American cinema, together with internationally renowned directors such as Robert Altman, Alan Rudolph, Jacques Rivette. , Michel Deville, Alain Resnais, Martín Scorsese or Daniel Schmid.
With Robert Altman he shoots’ Nashville ‘(1975),’ Buffalo Blll and the Indians’ (1976), ‘A wedding day’ (1978) as well as the latter’s productions’ Welcome to Los Angeles’ (1977), ‘Remember my name ‘(1978) and’ The modern ones’ (1988), directed by Alan Rudolph. With Richard Lester he made in Spain ‘The three musketeers’ (1974), ‘The four musketeers’ (1975) and ‘The return of the musketeers’ (1989); with Jacob Bill ‘Scrim’, (1976); with the Spanish Enrique Brasó ‘In memoriam’ (1977); with James Ivory ‘Roseland’ (1977); with Jacques Rivette ‘Noroit’ (1977) and ‘L’amour par terre’ (1984); with the Chilean Miguel Littin ‘La viuda Montiel’, (1979); with Michel Deville ‘Le voyage en douce’ (1980); with Guy Hamilton ‘The Broken Mirror’ (1980); with Claude Lelouch ‘The ones and the others’ (1981); or with Alain Resnais ‘La vie est un roman’ (1983). In 1992 he played his own grandmother in the biography of his father, ‘Chaplin’, directed by Richard Attemborough, a year later ‘The Age of Innocence’, by Martin Scorsese. And in 1988 ‘Passions in Kenya’, by Michael Radford. However, it would take 20 years for Spanish cinema to meet again with this versatile and complex actress.
Gerarda returned to the Spanish screens in 1998 at the hands of the young director Xavier Villaverde; Under his orders she works in ‘Finisterre’ where she is the mother of Nancho Novo and Enrique Alcides. In 2002 Pedro Almodóvar claimed her for ‘Talk to her’ and shot with Antonio Hernández ‘In the city without limits’, where he again coincided with Fernando Fernán Gómez, a film for which he received the Goya for best supporting actress. In 2004 she is one of the actresses in the British Hispanic co-production ‘El Puente de San Luis Rey’, directed by Mary McGuckian, and Antonio Hernández calls her again for ‘Oculto’ (2005).
In all Bayonne films
But Juan Antonio Bayona will be her new champion, after turning her into a medium in 2007 in his debut feature ‘El orfanato’, which is worth his second candidacy for Goya. Bayona, convinced that Geraldine Chaplin brings him luck, has included her in the cast of all his films, ‘The Impossible’ (2012), ‘A Monster Comes to See Me’ (2016) and ‘Jurassic World: The Fallen Kingdom’ (2018 ). Among his latest titles, ‘The Werewolf’, by Joe Johnston and the series ‘Britannia’, ‘The Crown’ and ‘Glow & Darkness’. He has just shot in Iceland under the orders of Katrín Ólafsdóttir ‘The Wind Blew On’, and is preparing ‘The Man from Rome’, by Sergio Dow, ‘Amar en Madrid’, by Eduardo Milewicz, and ‘Go West!’, By Alexander Hahn.
Geraldine Chaplin, who is the mother of the also actress Oona Chaplin, received the Gold Medal from the Spanish Academy of Cinematographic Arts and Sciences in 2006, and has accumulated many other international awards and distinctions. The French Minister of Culture awarded him the Medal of Arts and Letters in 1989; She has been nominated for a Golden Globe for best supporting actress three times, in 1965 for ‘Doctor Zhivago’, in 1975 for ‘Nashville’, and in 1992 for ‘Chaplin’. In Spain he has received the Honor Awards from different festivals Espiga de Honor at the Seminci, Lady Harimaguada de Honor in Las Palmas or the Biznaga de Honor in Malaga