BBC Radio will broadcast two 30 minute programmes on the Chaplin home and archives in Switzerland, as explored by writer and critic Matthew Sweet. Episode one centres around interviews with Michael Chaplin at the Manoir de Ban, episode 2 around the archives in Montreux with Kate Guyonvarch
episode 1 Monday February 21st
episode 2 Monday February 28th 11 AM
An exclusive look into Charlie Chaplin’s life through his personal archives. Some of this material has never been revealed before so it’s a wonderful opportunity for the Radio 4 audience.
Fans and experts from all over the world congregated in sunny Zanesville for 3 days where speakers such as David Robinson (Chaplin’s Biography), Chuck Maland (Chaplin and the American Culture), David Shepard and many others regaled them with fascinating insights on Chaplin’s life and work.
Lisa Stein introduced new facts on Sydney Chaplin, from her biography to be published in November.
Alice Arzt and Bruce Lawton brought their Chaplin hat and cane. Great fun was had by all.
Many thanks to Lisa Stein and all at University Ohio Zanesville who helped make this such a successful event.
And Mount Everest because you now can send pictures of the view with your frozen 4G iPhone !
This means… if you feel a little lonely and bored up there on the very top of the world, you can now give a call to your great great grand mother back in 1928, who will remind you to put your scarf on because it’s very cold.
Oh and while you have her on the phone, tell her to travel ahead in 1931, at the City Lights Premiere. Because guess who she’ll meet then in the front row next to Charlie Chaplin ??!
Yes Einstein in person who’ll probably give her a few hints on time travelling…
Finally, before I forget, here’s a very rare footage of Charlie Chaplin caught on the Mount Everest.
If you look closely you’ll see he’s hiding his cellphone very well !
The retrospective has seven of Chaplin’s feature films – from the 1921 films “The Kid” and “The Idle Class” to the 1957 film “A King in New York.” – and two programs of short films, “The Little Tramp Shorts, 1918-1919” and “Chaplin Shorts, 1918-1922.” Among other classic Chaplin titles in this retrospective are “The Gold Rush” (in its 1942 reissue form, with Chaplin’s original music and narration) and the 1931 film “City Lights.”
One major bonus in this series is the quality of the images that viewers will see, Carl said. All are in newly struck 35mm prints, with crisp images unspoiled by time and wear. “When you come to the retrospective… you’re going to be seeing Chaplin in the best possible form that is available at this time to see a motion picture,” he said.
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