English Heritage will unveil a blue plaque to Charlie Chaplin at Glenshaw Mansions on Brixton Road, where he once lived with his brother Sydney, on June 14th at 2 pm. The unveiling will be followed by a special screening of three short films. Comedian Paul Merton will introduce Kid Auto Races at Venice (1914), The Pawnshop (1916) and A Dog’s Life (1918) at the Ritzy Cinema. The first two films will feature live accompaniment.
All are welcome at the unveiling and are encouraged to dress up as Chaplin’s iconic Tramp character. Tickets to the screening can be purchased on the Ritzy Cinema’s website.
Passion Pictures are excited to announce the production of a new feature length documentary about Charlie Chaplin. Two time Academy Award-winning Passion are based in London and are at the forefront of high-quality, award-winning cinematic documentaries. This film is being produced with the full approval of the Chaplin estate and directed by a multi-BAFTA nominated team.
They would love to hear from you if you own or know about any FILM of Charlie or AUDIO of him speaking (that is not owned by the Chaplin estate). They would also like to know about interviews with people who knew Charlie or commented on him publicly during his lifetime e.g. friends, employees, associates, rivals, and critics. Written transcripts of oral history or print interviews are welcome too.
Examples of the kind of thing that would be of interest:
* Home movies
* Rushes, outtakes, or behind the scenes footage on set
* Print interviews (newspapers, magazines) with Charlie
* Radio or TV interviews WITH CHARLIE or with somebody else speaking ABOUT CHARLIE
* A journalist’s private tapes recorded during an interview intended for print, either WITH CHARLIE or with somebody else speaking ABOUT CHARLIE
However, they do not require copies of Chaplin’s many wonderful films – thank you.
The Limelight theme, titled “Terry’s Theme”, was to remain one of Chaplin’s best-loved compositions, and became a popular song known as “Eternally” with lyrics by Geoffrey Parsons. In 1973, over 20 years after the film’s first release, Chaplin and his musical collaborators Ray Rasch and Larry Russell were awarded a belated Oscar for “Best Original Dramatic Score”, although it was later established that Russell Garcia and not Larry Russell had worked with Ray Rasch on the music arrangements.
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Pay Day (1922) was Chaplin’s last two-reeler, and casts him in an unfamiliar role, as a working man and hen-pecked husband. It proved one of his most trouble-free productions and shooting was completed in one month.
Fifty years after the film’s initial release, Chaplin returned to Pay Day in 1972 to compose a musical score with the help of his music associate Eric James. In one of the film’s memorable scenes, Charlie and his brother Sydney Chaplin sing “Sweet Adeline” with a group of drunks. Based on correspondence in the Chaplin archives, we know that it was of particular importance that this traditional tune be quoted in the film’s music track - Chaplin’s own mother used to sing it to him when he was very young.
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On April 16th, 2017, to celebrate Chaplin’s World’s first anniversary and Charlie Chaplin’s 128th birthday, 662 fans set a world record for the biggest gathering of people dressed as Chaplin’s iconic Tramp character. After a group picture, the Tramps set out on an Easter egg hunt in the garden of the Manoir de Ban, the former Chaplin family home.