This week in Lyon, France, the Institut Lumière has programmed FIVE live orchestral screenings of Modern Times at the Auditorium de Lyon. Timothy Brock will be conducting the Orchestre National de Lyon performing Chaplin's own score, which Maestro Brock restored for live performance.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 3 pm
Screening of three Chaplin shorts: The Pawnshop, Easy Street and The Immigrant, presented by Cecilia Cenciarelli of the Cineteca di Bologna. Live piano accompaniment by Neil Brand. Details for this screening on the Cinémathèque Française website.
Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 9:30 am La Cinémathèque de Bologne, étapes et diversité d'un parcours, includes a discussion with Gian Luca Farinelli, director of the Bologna Cinematheque, and a talk by Cecilia Cenciarelli on the Chaplin archives and the restoration of the Chaplin Mutuals. Details on the Cinémathèque française website.
We are delighted to announce that Penguin UK has reprinted David Robinson's definitive "Chaplin: His Life and Art", which has been very difficult to find over the last few years. Buy your copy now before it disappears again!
David Robinson's definitive and monumental biography of Charlie Chaplin, the greatest icon in the history of cinema, who lived one of the most dramatic rags to riches stories ever told.
BearManor Media has released Michael J. Hayde's new book CHAPLIN'S VINTAGE YEAR, available on Amazon.
When Charles Chaplin signed a record-setting contract with the Mutual Film Corporation in February 1916, it was the culmination of events that changed the motion picture business. Mutual's founders redefined how films were bought, sold and distributed. Chaplin redefined screen comedy with a character that leapt into the hearts of moviegoers around the world. Together they established the value of star power and created twelves magnificent comedies that have endured for generations. From the nickelodeon to the internet, the MUTUAL-CHAPLIN SPECIALS have been viewed by more people than any other films in the entire history of cinema.
CHAPLIN'S VINTAGE YEAR tells the full story of the MUTUAL-CHAPLIN SPECIALS, framed within the rise and fall of the Mutual Film Corporation, the worldwide phenomenon known as "Chaplinitis," the famous $670,000 contract, and the various acquisitions and releases these comedies have enjoyed for nearly one hundred years. The book includes a detailed filmography featuring period reviews and exhibitor comments, and is lavishly illustrated with over 150 photographs and advertising images.
One of Charlie Chaplin's original Tramp costumes is part of the "Becoming Los Angeles" exhibition at the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles. Chaplin himself donated this costume to the NHM. The exhibition explores L.A.'s Native Americans, colonists, and settlers; rancheros, citrus growers and oil barons; captains of industry, boosters, and radicals; filmmakers, innovators, and more!
September 25, 26, 27, and 29 - Crystal Bridges Museum, Bentonville, AR
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas presents a symposium on Art for the Citizen— bringing together creative thinkers from surrounding institutions to explore artists from the first half of the twentieth century whose work conveys political and social messages—from paintings to the cinema of Charlie Chaplin. The final day of the symposium features a live performance accompanying Charlie Chaplin’s City Lights, presented by the Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra playing Chaplin's own score.