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100 years of the Tramp at Slapstick Festival, Bristol

Slapstick Festival 2014
January 24-26

This year the Slapstick Festival in Bristol celebrates their 10th anniversary AND 100 years of Charlie Chaplin’s famous Little Tramp. PORTRAITS0005 Celebrate the Tramp’s centenary at their many Chaplin-related events. Chaplin’s biographer David Robinson presents a visual history of the creation and evolution of this seemingly immortal and universally cherished figure. Kevin Brownlow and Andrew Kelly examine Chaplin’s complex relationship to the First World War. Kate Guyonvarch vividly demonstrates the continuing relevance of Chaplin to a very young 21st century audience. Matthew Sweet hosts a discussion with guests at the festival about Chaplin’s film City Lights and a century of The Little Tramp. This event will be broadcast as a Landmark Discussion on BBC Radio 3 and available as a download. And Chaplin launches the 2014 festival with CITY LIGHTS, on Friday evening at Colston Hall in an event hosted by Omid Djalili and accompanied by live orchestra!

For full details, see Bristol Slapstick Festival’s website. You can also visit their facebook page and check out the t-shirts they’ve made for the occasion! 994687 657427600967449 400321022 n

San Francisco Silent Film Festival: The Little Tramp at 100

Chaplin Photo: © Roy Export SAS

Join the San Francisco Silent Film Festival at the Castro Theatre on January 11th for a day-long centennial celebration of Charlie Chaplin’s beloved “Little Tramp” character. PLUS a Chaplin Look-Alike Contest!

The Silent Film festival celebrates the 100th anniversary of the first appearance of Charlie Chaplin’s Little Tramp character in KID AUTO RACES AT VENICE (1914).

SFSFF’s celebration at the Castro Theatre will feature three programs of Chaplin’s indelible contribution to cinema. Three comedy shorts from Chaplin’s time at the Mutual Film Corporation - THE VAGABOND (1916), THE CURE (1917), and EASY STREET (1917) - start the day off, accompanied on solo piano by John Mirsalis. Chaplin’s masterpiece, THE KID (1921) will be preceded by KID AUTO RACES AT VENICE and accompanied by San Francisco Chamber Orchestra conducted by Timothy Brock. THE GOLD RUSH (1925) will also be accompanied by the Chamber Orchestra conducted by Brock. Timothy Brock is an acclaimed composer/conductor who restored many of Chaplin’s original scores.

Tickets are available on the San Francisco Silent Film Festival website.

The Tramp 100 - Film Forum NYC

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Celebrate the centennial of the cinema’s greatest icon at Film Forum NYC with their weeklong series, “The Tramp 100”, from January 1-7, 2014!

Don’t miss screenings of The Kid, The Gold Rush, Modern Times, City Lights, The Great Dictator, the First Nationals, the Keystones, the Essanays, the Mutuals, and more!

Book tickets now at Film Forum’s website.

New DVDs: The Chaplin Mutuals

Lobster Films and Arte Editions have released a new 4-DVD set of the beautifully restored Chaplin Mutual Comedies: La naissance de Charlot, Volume 2, The Mutual Comedies 1916-1917


Available on Amazon.

Format : PAL
Subtitles : English, French, German
Region : Region 2

DVD 1: The Floorwalker – The Fireman – The Vagabond – One A.M.
DVD 2: The Count – The Pawnshop – Behind The Screen – The Rink
DVD 3: Easy Street – The Cure – The Immigrant – The Adventurer
DVD 4 EXTRAS: Unknown Chaplin 1st episode - Chaplin’s Goliath –- Little Tich - The Musical Marvel

Modern Times in Lyon

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.

modern times still 30 DATES and TIMES:
Wednesday, Dec 4, 8pm
Thursday, Dec. 5, 2 pm (special screening for schoolchildren)
Saturday, Dec. 7, 3 pm
Sunday, Dec. 8, 11 am
Sunday, Dec. 8, 4 pm

For further details, visit the Institut Lumière’s website or book tickets directly on the Auditorium de Lyon’s website.

Chaplin at the Cinémathèque Française

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. The Immigrant Restaurant scene

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.

Chaplin: His Life and Art

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.

Get your copy today on Amazon UK!