A gigantic new work of land art by artist Franck Bonneau (Land’Art & Co) was inaugurated on 11th June 2016 at the Aérodrome de Thise in France. Having been a Chaplin fan since childhood, Bonneau is thrilled to pay homage to Chaplin with this huge portrait, which to our knowledge, at 11330 m² is the biggest portrait of Charlie Chaplin in the world.
By the time Modern Times was released in 1936, talking pictures had been established for almost a decade. The Chaplin archives reveal that Charlie Chaplin contemplated making Modern Times as his first “talkie”, but in the end he used sound effects, sparse recorded voices - like the factory manager on a video-surveillance screen in the men’s restrooms – and his own musical score, which he began working on in 1935.
Later the song SMILE from the film became a classic, still sung and recorded by many.
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Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times will be accompanied by the Orchestre national d’Île-de-France, conducted by Timothy Brock, at the Théâtre Firmin-Gémier-La Piscine outside of Paris, as part of the Festival d’Île de France on October 1, 2016.