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The Gold Rush with Live Orchestra

Experience the magic of Charlie Chaplin’s The Gold Rush this month with orchestras performing Chaplin’s own score live!

**Winnipeg, Canada - Saturday, April 20, 2013, 8:00 PM**

The Gold Rush with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra at the Centennial Concert Hall
Tickets available on the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra’s website.

**Sheffield, England - Sunday, April 28, 2013, 7:30 PM**

The Gold Rush with the Sheffield University Salon Orchestra at Firth Hall
For information and tickets, visit the Sheffield University website. i{1664-filename-big} If you can’t make it to these screenings, check out our full regularly-updated list of live orchestral screenings of Chaplin films.

124 years ago today...

i{1663-filename-big} Charles Spencer Chaplin was born in London, England, on April 16th, 1889!

Charles Chaplin Senior: Victorian Music Hall Songs

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to perform original songs from the music halls of Victorian London? front cover

The Porter House of Publishing has just released a songbook by Cecilia H. Porter featuring six long lost songs that were originally performed on the Victorian Music Hall stage more than a hundred years ago by Charles Chaplin Senior, father of the famous Little Tramp.

The book comes with a CD so that you can hear the songs, but there’s also an additional sing-along version of each song! For those who like to “tickle the ivories,” sheet music is included, as sold on the original song sheets.

Interested in experiencing those far away days with your family and friends? Visit the Porter House of Publishing website for details.

And see our page on Charles Chaplin Sr. to read more about Charlie Chaplin’s father. i{1003-filename-big}

Conference 2014 - Call for Papers

Call for Papers - The Birth of Chaplin’s Little Tramp: A 100th Anniversary Celebration

**JUNE 26, 27 & 28, 2014 - CINETECA DI BOLOGNA, ITALY**


This 100th anniversary celebration of Charlie Chaplin’s iconic persona, the Little Tramp, or as he himself named him, the Little Fellow, will be an event geared towards the public first and film scholars and aficionados second and third. We wish to invite abstracts/proposals from speakers who can accommodate this audience effectively, i.e., potential speakers should suggest topics dealing with historical or humanities-related foci, rather than theoretical or academic. The best proposals will discuss the Little Tramp persona in some manner.

Little Tramp EXHIBIT B

The event will be held in the beautiful northern Italian city of Bologna, with one day of the celebration to coincide with the beginning of the world-renowned Il Cinema Ritrovato festival (June 28-July 5, 2014).


  • David Robinson, Film Critic and author of Chaplin: His Life and Art
  • Kevin Brownlow, film historian and director of The Unknown Chaplin
  • Kate Guyonvarch, Director of Roy Export S.A.S. /Association Chaplin office, Paris
  • Cecilia Cenciarelli, Archivist and Head of The Chaplin Project, Cineteca di Bologna, Italy
  • Lisa Stein Haven, Associate Professor of English and author of Syd Chaplin: A Biography

The following topics are meant to generate ideas for presentations, not limit creativity or exclude participation:

  • The Little Tramp’s Music Hall origins
  • Chaplin at Keystone: The Process of Creating a Character
  • The Little Tramp’s Final Appearance: The Great Dictator, Monsieur Verdoux, or Limelight?
  • The Chaplin Imitator Phenomenon (Feel free to discuss a circumscribed time period for this topic)
  • The Little Tramp in Contemporary Film Criticism
  • Audience Reception: The Little Tramp
  • Consequences of A Woman of Paris: Chaplin’s Film Endeavor without the Tramp

All are welcome to submit proposals for consideration.

Please send a 500-word abstract, a short bio and your contact information by **June 30th, 2013** to Kate Guyonvarch ( Please place **Birth of the Tramp event** in your subject line.

Conference Organizers:
Kate Guyonvarch
Roy Export S.A.S.
58 rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau
75001 Paris

Cecilia Cenciarelli
The Chaplin Project
Cineteca di Bologna
Via Riva di Reno, 72
40122 Bologna

From the Chaplin Archives

Further to our popular first post of photographs from the Chaplin archives, here is our second selection. Enjoy and please share this post!

i{1658-filename-big} Charlie on the set of The Kid, circa 1920. Copyright © Roy Export Company Establishment

i{1657-filename-big} Paulette Goddard and Chaplin on the set of Modern Times, circa 1935. Copyright © Roy Export Company Establishment. Scan Courtesy Cineteca di Bologna

i{1647-filename-big} Paulette Goddard and Chaplin, Beverly Hills, circa 1940. Copyright © Roy Export Company Establishment. Scan Courtesy Cineteca di Bologna

i{1648-filename-big} Filming The Great Dictator, circa 1939. In Chaplin: His Life and Art, David Robinson writes, “Reginald Gardiner suffered much more than Chaplin from the experience of being strapped upside down, and only managed his lines and air of insouciance with great effort.” Copyright © Roy Export Company Establishment. Scan Courtesy Cineteca di Bologna

i{1651-filename-big} Chaplin and Martha Raye, who jokingly called each other “Chuck” and “Maggie” while working on Monsieur Verdoux in 1946. Copyright © Roy Export Company Establishment. Scan Courtesy Cineteca di Bologna

i{1650-filename-big} On the set of City Lights, circa 1930. Copyright © Roy Export Company Establishment. Scan Courtesy Cineteca di Bologna

i{1655-filename-big} Charlie Chaplin and Helen Keller meet on the set of Sunnyside, 1919. Copyright © Roy Export Company Establishment

i{1656-filename-big} Chaplin and the famous Max Linder shake hands on the set of The Adventurer, circa 1917. From the archives of Roy Export Company Establishment. Scan Courtesy Cineteca di Bologna

Criterion releases Monsieur Verdoux

The Criterion Collection (U.S.) releases Chaplin’s Monsieur Verdoux (1947) on DVD and Blu-ray today.


Synopsis by Charles Chaplin in My Autobiography, published 1964: Verdoux is a bluebeard, an insignificant bank clerk, who, having lost his job during the Depression, evolves a scheme of marrying old spinsters and murdering them for their money. His legitimate wife is an invalid who lives in the country with her little son, but she is ignorant of her husband’s criminal enterprise. After the murder of a victim, he goes home as would a bourgeois husband after a hard day’s work. He is a paradox of virtue and vice: a man who, as he trims his rose bushes, avoids stepping on a caterpillar, while at the end of the garden one of his victims is being consumed in an incinerator. The story contains diabolical humour, bitter satire and social criticism.


Disc Features

  • New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition

  • Chaplin Today: “Monsieur Verdoux,” a 2003 documentary on the film’s production and release, featuring filmmaker Claude Chabrol and actor Norman Lloyd

  • Charlie Chaplin and the American Press, a new documentary featuring the director of the Chaplin company Roy Export, Kate Guyonvarch, and author Charles Maland

  • Illustrated audio interview with actor Marilyn Nash

  • Radio advertisements and trailers

- PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Ignatiy Vishnevetsky and reprinted pieces by Chaplin and critic André Bazin