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When in late 2009, Morace Park from Essex, England successfully bid for a reel of nitrate film on eBay for just £3.20, he could not have foreseen the consequences of his purchase. The film, ‘Zepped’, features the iconic Charlie Chaplin but when no record could be found of the film’s existence, Morace enlisted the help of friend and self-confessed film buff, John Dyer. With the vintage film in a constant state of decay, the pair opt to embark on an obsessive whirlwind journey of investigation into the film which evolves into an adventurous road trip taking in locations in the United States and Europe. With film historians and experts baffled by the film’s content but confirming its significance, the story quickly triggers major headlines around the world. However, discovering a rare cultural treasure becomes both a gift and a burden for the pair resulting in an emotional rollercoaster for our two protagonists and their film crew. Is this the rarest film in the world? Will they unravel the truth behind ‘Zepped’ before this ticking time-bomb of a film is lost forever?
Rare and unseen footage of what appears to be an airship abounds in 'Zepped'. If that's what it actually is. With experts dumbfounded by the imagery, maybe you can help identify Charlie Chaplin's UFO.
Originally posted by ItsJustaRide01
I think its a zeppelin model
"The unearthed film, called Charlie Chaplin in Zepped, features footage of Zeppelins flying over England during the First World War, as well as some very early stop-motion animation"
and look at the poster, to me it seems it shows the same zeppelin as in the footage
Phillips explains that "the footage turned out to be the obscure Chaplin short [Zepped], a World War I propaganda effort designed to buck up British morale, combining stop-motion animation and outtakes and unused alternate shots from films Chaplin made for both Keystone and Essanay studios.