Tromsø Celebrates the Tramp

Photo © Roy Export S.A.S.

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

Chaplinitis at the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia

Little Tramp portrait low resolution

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.


kouper in his studio portrait by arnold lozano

As part of the Birth of the Tramp celebrations in Bologna, there will be a special Léo Kouper exhibition from June 25th to July 5th, 2014.

Léo Kouper, pictured above in his artist's studio in Saint-Ouen, is a French artist, renowned for his movie poster illustrations, notably those of Chaplin films. He painted his first Chaplin poster in the 1950s.

Alongside some of his most famous Chaplin posters, the exhibition will feature many ideas that never made it to the United Artists advertising department. Mr Kouper will be in attendance for a guided tour on Saturday, June 28th at 4:00 pm.



June 25th to July 5th
Monday to Friday: 2:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 am to 9:00 pm

For more information about the numerous Tramp 100 festivities in Bologna, visit

And here's a sneak peek, as the exhibition is currently being set up:

exhibit kouper photo by Arnold Lozano

exhibit kouper photo by Arnold Lozano

The Birth of the Tramp Celebration

Starting next week: Mike Leigh, Claire Bloom, Michael Chaplin, Alexander Payne, Michel Hazanavicius and Bérénice Bejo will join other Chaplin fans and experts from round the world for the 3 day Chaplin event in Bologna Italy.

The Birth of the Tramp Celebration will begin on the evening of Wednesday, June 25th with an open-air live orchestral screening in Piazza Maggiore. For the programme and the online registration:


The Chaplin Project at the Cinémathèque Française


The Chaplin Project, hosted by Serge Bromberg

Sunday, June 8th, 2014 - 3:00 pm

Serge Bromberg will present - and accompany live on piano - a selection of some of Chaplin's greatest shorts. He'll talk about film restoration, while showing newly restored footage of films that Lobster Films and the Cineteca di Bologna are restoring. An informative evening at the French Cinematheque with lots of laughter guaranteed!

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On the program:

Screening of the currently "in progress" restoration of A Night in the Show, 1915
The Rink, 1916, (world premiere of the new restoration)
Easy Street, 1917, (world premiere of the new restoration)

.....and other surprises!

100 Years of the Tramp in POSITIF

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Renowned French cinema magazine, POSITIF, has a special feature on the 100 years of the Tramp in their June 2014 issue.

Featured articles:
- Un Centenaire, Hubert Niogret
- The Melancholy Comus, Pour Charles Chaplin, Edwin Rolfe
- Pas pour les enfants, Charlot scabreux, Francis Bordat
- L’Opinion publique, Au plus près de la vie, Paul Duncan
- L’histoire de “N” de Charlie Chaplin, Cecilia Cenciarelli
- Chaplin à Bali, Raphaël Millet
- Les écrivains francophones et Charlie Chaplin, Paul Renard