Criterion to release "Limelight"

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Criterion will release Charlie Chaplin's Limelight on May 19th. Pre-order today!

Charlie Chaplin’s masterful drama about the twilight of a former vaudeville star is among the writer-director’s most touching films. Chaplin plays Calvero, a once beloved musical-comedy performer, now a washed-up alcoholic who lives in a small London flat. A glimmer of hope arrives when he meets a beautiful but melancholy ballerina (Claire Bloom) who lives downstairs. An elegant mix of the comic and the tragic, this poignant film also features Buster Keaton in an extended cameo, marking the only time the two silent comedy icons appeared together on-screen. Made at a time when Chaplin was under attack by the American press and far right, Limelight was barely distributed in the United States upon its initial release, but it is now considered one of his essential and most personal works.

Disc Features
- New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
- Chaplin’s “Limelight”: Its Evolution and Intimacy, a new video essay by Charlie Chaplin biographer David Robinson
- New interviews with actors Claire Bloom and Norman Lloyd
- Chaplin Today: “Limelight,” a 2002 documentary on the film, featuring director Bernardo Bertolucci and actors Bloom and Sydney Chaplin
- Outtake from the film
- Archival audio recording of Charlie Chaplin reading two short excerpts from his novella Footlights
- Two short films by Chaplin: A Night in the Show (1915) and the never completed The Professor (1919) Trailers
- PLUS: An essay by critic Peter von Bagh

February on TCM

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For those of you in the U.S.A. and Canada, Charlie Chaplin's The Great Dictator and Monsieur Verdoux will be on TCM on February 7th (4:15 am ET) and February 17th (9:15 am ET), respectively. Don't miss them!

For details, check out the TCM website.

French Radio Show: "Carnet Nomade, Charlot"

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For French-speaking Chaplin fans, listen to a special episode of France Culture's program "Carnet nomade" dedicated to Charlie Chaplin :

Guests :

  • José Moure, co-author of Charlot : histoire d'un mythe (Champs / Flammarion)
  • Kate Guyonvarch & Charly Sistovaris of Association Chaplin

Geneva Celebrates 100 Years of the Tramp

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2014 marks 100 years of Charlie Chaplin's Tramp character. For this cinematic milestone, the Cinémas du Grütli in Geneva are screening several of Charles Chaplin's films : The Kid, Modern Times, The Circus, The Great Dictator, and more!!

From 24th December 2014 to 13th January 2015

For more information, visit the Cinémas du Grütli website.

Charlie Chaplin Retrospective in Tunisia

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To celebrate 100 years of Charlie Chaplin's iconic Tramp, CinéMadart in the city of Carthage, Tunisia is hosting a Chaplin retrospective from 23rd December to 4th January!

Program : 23 December 7 pm: MODERN TIMES
24 December 7 pm: THE KID
25 December 7 pm: A WOMAN OF PARIS
26 December 7 pm: THE GOLD RUSH
27 December 7 pm: THE CIRCUS
28 December 3 pm: 15h THE KID
29 December 7 pm: Various shorts
30 December 7 pm: CITY LIGHTS
31 December 7 pm: MONSIEUR VERDOUX
2 January 7 pm: LIMELIGHT
3 January 7 pm: A KING IN NEW YORK
4 January 3 pm: THE CIRCUS

For more information, visit CinéMadart on Facebook.

New DVD Releases in French for Chaplin Lovers

Two new French DVD releases for Chaplin lovers : 3D

UNKNOWN CHAPLIN (CHAPLIN INCONNU) Unknown Chaplin is an acclaimed three-part 1983 British documentary series about the career and methods of the silent film luminary Charles Chaplin, using previously unseen film for illustration.The film was directed and written by film historians Kevin Brownlow and David Gill.

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CHAPLIN - THE ESSANAY COMEDIES 1915 (CHAPLIN CHEZ ESSANAY - 1915 ) After CHAPLIN AT KEYSTONE and CHAPLIN'S MUTUAL COMEDIES, Lobster Films and ARTE Editions are releasing beautiful restorations of Chaplin's Essanay comedies. Under the aegis of Association Chaplin, the films were restored by Lobster Films in Paris and L’Immagine Ritrovata in Bologna, Italy.

PRICE : 40€
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November Events at the Musée de l’Elysée


In November, the Musée de l'Elysée celebrates the Tramp with three movie nights, one conference, a brochure dedicated to young visitors and the launch of 'The Keystone Album' published by Xavier Barral.
Download their program flyer

Chaplin Nights
6th, 7th & 8th November, 5-9pm
As part of the Chaplin, Between War and Peace (1914-1940) exhibition, the Musée de l’Elysée presents three cinematic evenings with screenings of 35 Chaplin shorts: Keystone Comedies (1914) & Shoulder Arms (1918)
For more information

Lunchtime Guided Tour
19th November, 12:30 pm
With a museum guide. Included in the admission fee.
For more information

Presentation: Chaplin’s Social and Political Commitment
27th November, 6:30 pm
Screening of Serge Viallet and Pierre Catalan’s documentary 1940: Charlie Chaplin Films “The Great Dictator”, followed by a talk with Kate Guyonvarch, Director of the Association Chaplin.
→ Free entrance, upon registration
Information and Registration

'Discover Chaplin' Brochure
Kids can use this fun and educational brochure to visit the exhibition. Free of charge, available at the front desk.
For more information

Launch of The Keystone Album at Paris Photo
To mark the centenary of the Tramp, Editions Xavier Barral and the Musée de l’Elysée are publishing a unique volume from the Charles Chaplin photographic archives that were deposited at the museum in 2011: The Keystone Album. It presents Chaplin’s first year in front of Keystone’s cameras in 1914. To examine these 795 stills is to witness the birth of a character and see the beginnings of a filmmaker. Published in French and in English, this beautiful book is enriched with two essays and a filmography.
→ In the Museum's Bookstore and at Xavier Barral's booth at Paris Photo as of November 13
For more information