Charlie Chaplin at Pordenone!

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The 33rd Pordenone Silent Film Festival will take place from October 4th to October 11th, 2014.

Among many other silent films, several screenings of Chaplin films are scheduled in tribute to the centenary of his iconic Tramp. The closing show of the festival is a live performance of City Lights, with Chaplin's own score restored by Timothy Brock and conducted by Günter Buchwald. Further tribute to Chaplin will be paid by Ichiro Kataoka, the celebrated Japanese benshi, who will perform with four Chaplin Keystone shorts - a recognition both of Chaplin's universality and the versatility required of the traditional Japanese film 'explainer'.

For full festival information, visit the Pordenone Silent Film Festival website.


Upcoming screenings in Finland

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To celebrate 125 years since Chaplin's birth and 100 years since Chaplin's first film, the City of Helsinki is organizing screenings of several Charlie Chaplin films in three of the city's cultural offices: Malmitalo (the Malmitalo website), Kanneltalo (the Kanneltalo website) and Vuotalo (the Vuotalo website).

The program is as follows :

September 15th : The Kid at the Kanneltalo
October 9th : The Circus at the Malmitalo
October 20th : The Gold Rush at the Kanneltalo
November 13th : The Gold Rush at the Malmitalo
November 24th : Modern Times at the Vuotalo
November 27th : Modern Times at the Malmitalo
November 17th : Limelight at the Kanneltalo
December 18th : Limelight at the Malmitalo

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Japan Celebrates 100 Years of the Tramp

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To celebrate Chaplin's debut in film 100 years ago, some of his early comedies will be screened with popular voice actor narration (benshi) at Asakusa Public Hall in Tokyo.

The shows will take place at 6:30 pm on September 12th and 13th, 2014.

Japan’s top voice actors, including Hazama Michio, Nozawa Masako and Yamadera Koichi, will perform, along with Kawashima Anna who was featured in "Uzumasa Limelight" (a Japanese film made in homage to Charles Chaplin's Limelight).

As a special guest, Charly Sistovaris, Chaplin's grandson, will talk with Japanese Chaplin specialist, Ono Hiroyuki.

For information, please e-mail Chaplinsociety@gmail.com.


Modern Times with the NY Philharmonic, Lincoln Center

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The beloved ballad “Smile” is one of the many joys of Charlie Chaplin’s immortal comedy classic, Modern Times. Enjoy it as never before when the full New York Philharmonic, conducted by Timothy Brock, performs Chaplin's complete score to Modern Times while the beautifully restored film is shown on a giant screen above the stage.

As an added treat, Kid Auto Races at Venice, the debut of Chaplin’s now-legendary Tramp character, will open the concert with a specially composed score by Timothy Brock for the iconic Tramp's 100th anniversary. Truly a magical night for all ages.

Friday 19th September and Saturday 20th September at Avery Fisher Hall. For full details, visit the NY Phil's website.


Chaplin, Between Wars and Peace (1914-1940)

Exhibition: "Chaplin, Between Wars and Peace (1914-1940)"
17th September 2014 - 4th January 2015
Musée de l'Élysée, Lausanne

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Should Charlie Chaplin continue making films or enter the trenches? The controversy over the fact that the British actor was not fighting alongside his own people erupted in 1915. At the beginning of his fame, Chaplin already faced criticism. Twenty-five years later, it was his turn to question moral and political convictions at the dawn of the Second World War.

In 1914, Americans discovered this young music-hall comedian in Keystone’s burlesque films. Within a few months, Chaplin became one of their stars. His character was a hit with audiences, who loved his costume, movements and funny faces. Because of the First World War, distribution of his first short films to Europe was delayed until 1915, but the Tramp became just as popular there with both civilians and soldiers. Chaplin remained in America, but bolstered the troops’ morale with his comedies. Later he joined the war effort in 1918 by producing a short propaganda film in favor of the Third Liberty Loan. That same year, he filmed Shoulder Arms, in which a heroic Tramp succeeds in capturing the Kaiser. The film combines comic situations with the realism of the trenches. Released a few weeks before Armistice, the film was a huge success.

Chaplin’s political consciousness evolved during the interwar period, as did his concerns about the economy. A staunch pacifist, the rise of fascism in the early 1930s worried him. The Great Dictator (1940) was a politically engaged film mixing irony and tragedy in which he painted a caricature of Hitler. Chaplin also plays the role of a Jewish barber oppressed by society. For his first full-fledged “talkie”, the filmmaker dared to say out loud what many would have preferred to keep silent.

The exhibition presented by the Musée de l’Elysée assembles original prints and vintage documents from the Chaplin Archives. The Archive’s photographs were deposited at the museum in 2011. Film clips (from Lobster, MK2, Gaumont Pathé Archives, Transit Film/Berlin Filmothek Bundesarchiv), photographs of the two world wars from the museum’s collection and posters from the Cinemathèque suisse and private collections enhance our understanding of Chaplin’s stance towards History.

The exhibition, designed to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Chaplin's first films and the First and Second World Wars, is made possible thanks to the Association Chaplin, Roy Export SAS and Roy Export Company Establishment.

Opening on 16 September, 2014.

For more information, visit the Musée de l'Élysée, Lausanne website.


Tromsø Celebrates the Tramp

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Silent Film Days in Tromsø, Norway kicks off with a grand night of Chaplin films, accompanied by The Arctic Philharmonic Orchestra on Thursday, September 4th.

2014 marks the 100th anniversary of Chaplin's iconic character «The Tramp», an event celebrated all over the world all year long. Silent Film Days in Tromsø will take part in the celebration with an evening dedicated to Charlie Chaplin.

The Arctic Philharmonic Orchestra will perform Chaplin's own music to the film A DOG'S LIFE (1918). The show also features the Chaplin shorts BEHIND THE SCREEN and ONE A.M., with music performed by silent film pianist Ben Model (MoMA, New York) and the band Cleaning Women (Finland). Prepare for a great night of film and music! The event will take place in KulturHuset's main hall.

Silent Film Days 2014 takes place from September 3-6, and features a broad variety of classic silent films paired with brand new music, performed live. View the program in full at verdensteatret.no/stumfilmdager.


Chaplinitis at the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia

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On Saturday, 30 August 2014, The NFSA’s current Arc cinema program pays a special tribute to the greatest of all movie stars, Charles Chaplin.

2014 marks the 100th anniversary of Charles Chaplin’s first appearance as his iconic Tramp character, in February 1914. To celebrate, Arc will round up some old friends, from amongst the many musicians who’ve accompanied their silent film screenings over the years – and will also introduce some new talent.

Together they’ll perform to a selection of early Chaplin classics and rarities – all recently restored as part of a collaborative project amongst film international archives that included The British Film Institute, Italy’s Cineteca di Bologna and Lobster Films in Paris.

A Dog's Life will also be screened with Chaplin's own symphonic score.

To set the mood for their Chaplinitis event, an international panel will celebrate Chaplin’s legacy.

Via Skype from London, David Robinson – celebrated silent film historian and programmer, Chaplin scholar and author of the definitive Chaplin biography, Chaplin, His Life and Art – will talk about The Tramp, 100 years on.

Via Skype from Italy, Cecilia Cenciarelli of the Cineteca di Bologna will talk about what’s been involved in the international Chaplin project that’s restored many of the films screening on the special Chaplinitis day.

Plus filmmaker and Professor of Film and Creative Arts at Macquarie University, Kathryn Millard, will celebrate the tradition of Chaplin impersonators – a cult from almost the first months of his success and one that continues around the world to this day.

Visit the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia website for details.