French channel ARTE’s most recent Chaplin programming is currently available online. The Great Dictator and the documentary, The Birth of the Tramp, are available to watch for seven days, and a number of shorts are available until the end of the month.
Watch Charlie Chaplin and his brother, Sydney, ride a penny-farthing bicycle in some behind-the-scenes footage from the Chaplin archives of Charlie and Sydney on the set of Sunnyside (1919) with the Bishop of Birmingham, president of the British independent enquiry commission into the physical, social, moral and educational influence of the cinema :
Charlie Chaplin was already an international star when he decided to break out of the short-film format and make his first full-length feature. The Kid doesn’t merely show Chaplin at a turning point, when he proved that he was a serious film director—it remains an expressive masterwork of silent cinema. In it, he stars as his lovable Tramp character, this time raising an orphan (a remarkable young Jackie Coogan) he has rescued from the streets. Chaplin and Coogan make a miraculous pair in this nimble marriage of sentiment and slapstick, a film that is, as its opening title card states, “a picture with a smile—and perhaps, a tear.”
- New 4K digital restoration of Charlie Chaplin’s 1972 rerelease version of the film, featuring an original score by Chaplin, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
- New audio commentary featuring Chaplin historian Charles Maland
- Jackie Coogan: The First Child Star, a new video essay by Chaplin historian Lisa Haven
- A Study in Undercranking, a new program featuring silent-film specialist Ben Model
- Interviews with Coogan and actor Lita Grey Chaplin
- Excerpted audio interviews with cinematographer Rollie Totheroh and film distributor Mo Rothman
- Deleted scenes and titles from the original 1921 version of The Kid
- “Charlie” on the Ocean, a 1921 newsreel documenting Chaplin’s first return trip to Europe
- Footage of Chaplin conducting his score for The Kid
- Nice and Friendly, a 1922 silent short featuring Chaplin and Coogan, presented with a new score by composer Timothy Brock
- PLUS: An essay by film scholar Tom Gunning
Chaplin’s World by Grévin announces the site’s inauguration on 16 April 2016, the 127th anniversary of Charlie Chaplin’s birth, opening to the public on 17 April 2016 at 10:00 am. Situated in Corsier-sur-Vevey, where Chaplin and his family resided for the last twenty-five years of his life, Chaplin’s World will provide visitors with a timeless and immersive form of entertainment featuring the life and works of one of the 20th century’s greatest artists.
Humanism and laughter. Meet the man and the artist.