New Edition of "Charlot" by Philippe Soupault

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"Charlot was the hero of our times, a universal hero, the man who made the world both laugh and cry.
I merely wanted to record the Little Fellow's story [...]"

Published in French for the first time by Plon in 1931, then in its definitive version in 1957, Philippe Soupault's Charlot has been reissued this year by Gallimard, a hundred years after the creation of Chaplin's iconic Little Fellow.

This story is neither Charlie Chaplin's biography nor a critical analysis of his films, but a biography of the Tramp character. Inspired by Chaplin's films, Philippe Soupault tells his story.

The book is available in French on Amazon.


Chaplin Shorts in MK2 Cinemas in France



To celebrate the centennial of the iconic Little Tramp, MK2 cinemas in France are screening a selection of eight Charlie Chaplin shorts, from the 24th of September to the 5th of November. Tickets are only 4€ for everyone!

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  • A Dog's Life
  • A Day's Pleasure
  • Shoulder Arms
  • The Idle Class
  • The Pilgrim
  • Kid Auto Races at Venice
  • Sunnyside
  • Pay Day

For schedules : http://bit.ly/mk2boutchou and http://bit.ly/mk2junior


Collectable Chaplin DVDs with Le Soir

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To celebrate the 125th anniversary of Charlie Chaplin's birth and the centennial of the iconic Little Tramp, the Belgian magazine Le Soir is releasing a collection of 10 DVDs/booklets of his most famous films. The DVDs are available on Thursdays with Le Soir newspaper.

Each booklet will feature an interview with a well-known Belgian artist on Chaplin.

For further information, visit the Le Soir website.


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.