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’.
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
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.
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.
Three new French-language publications hit book stores soon!
French edition of A Comedian Sees the World (Mon tour du monde) by Charlie Chaplin, published by Les Editions du Sonneur. Hits book stores on September 25, 2014. Pre-order it now on Amazon!
Chaplin’s travel memoir A Comedian Sees the World was also recently published by the University of Missouri Press in English in the U.S. with an introduction and notes by Lisa Stein Haven, available on Amazon.
French edition of Footlights by Charles Chaplin with The World of Limelight (L’univers des Feux de la rampe) by David Robinson, published by Seuil. Hits book stores on October 3, 2014. Pre-order it now on Amazon!
The English edition, published by the Cineteca di Bologna, is still available on Amazon.
French edition of Charlie Chaplin, The Keystone Album (L’Album Keystone) by Glenn Mitchell, Carole Sandrin and Sam Stourdzé, published by Xavier Barral. Hits book stores on October 16, 2014. Pre-order it now on Amazon!
English version coming soon!
Exhibition: “Chaplin, Between Wars and Peace (1914-1940)”
17th September 2014 - 4th January 2015
Musée de l’Élysée, Lausanne
Should Charlie Chaplin continue making films or enter the trenches? The controversy over the fact that the British actor was not fighting alongside his own people erupted in 1915. At the beginning of his fame, Chaplin already faced criticism. Twenty-five years later, it was his turn to question moral and political convictions at the dawn of the Second World War.
In 1914, Americans discovered this young music-hall comedian in Keystone’s burlesque films. Within a few months, Chaplin became one of their stars. His character was a hit with audiences, who loved his costume, movements and funny faces. Because of the First World War, distribution of his first short films to Europe was delayed until 1915, but the Tramp became just as popular there with both civilians and soldiers. Chaplin remained in America, but bolstered the troops’ morale with his comedies. Later he joined the war effort in 1918 by producing a short propaganda film in favor of the Third Liberty Loan. That same year, he filmed Shoulder Arms, in which a heroic Tramp succeeds in capturing the Kaiser. The film combines comic situations with the realism of the trenches. Released a few weeks before Armistice, the film was a huge success.
Chaplin’s political consciousness evolved during the interwar period, as did his concerns about the economy. A staunch pacifist, the rise of fascism in the early 1930s worried him. The Great Dictator (1940) was a politically engaged film mixing irony and tragedy in which he painted a caricature of Hitler. Chaplin also plays the role of a Jewish barber oppressed by society. For his first full-fledged “talkie”, the filmmaker dared to say out loud what many would have preferred to keep silent.
The exhibition presented by the Musée de l’Elysée assembles original prints and vintage documents from the Chaplin Archives. The Archive’s photographs were deposited at the museum in 2011. Film clips (from Lobster, MK2, Gaumont Pathé Archives, Transit Film/Berlin Filmothek Bundesarchiv), photographs of the two world wars from the museum’s collection and posters from the Cinemathèque suisse and private collections enhance our understanding of Chaplin’s stance towards History.
The exhibition, designed to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Chaplin’s first films and the First and Second World Wars, is made possible thanks to the Association Chaplin, Roy Export SAS and Roy Export Company Establishment.