October 15th 2020 marks the 80th anniversary of the premiere of The Great Dictator. Join Chaplin’s World’s worldwide #LETUSALLUNITE campaign, a tribute to the film which entails dressing up as the Tramp and forming a letter from the alphabet that will be used to recreate the iconic final speech in photo form.
On the 80th anniversary year of the release of The Great Dictator we are privileged to present the new exhibition, Story of a small fish in a shark infested ocean - Charlie Chaplin, The Great Dictator 80 years on, co-produced by Les Rencontres d’Arles, Roy Export S.A.S, L’Institut pour la Photographie, Lille and Chaplin’s World, and curated by Kate Guyonvarch, Sam Stourdzé, Mathilde Thibault-Starzyk.
A selection of hitherto unseen photographs taken on set by Dan James, including the candid shot above of Chaplin and Reginald Gardiner, are a major part of this exhibition. Assistant Director on the film, James was a vital part of the production, working with Chaplin throughout 1938-1940, taking notes to dictation of storylines, ideas and dialogue and even directing some scenes.
The exhibition is being presented for the first time at the Institut pour la Photographie in Lille, from September 10th to November 15th 2020, and it will be at Chaplin’s World in Switzerland next year. Les Rencontres d’Arles 2020 were sadly unable to present the exhibition as planned this summer due to COVID-19.
Continuing our collaboration with [PIAS], it is our great pleasure to announce the release on 26th June of a remastered, deluxe limited-edition vinyl of the soundtrack to The Great Dictator to celebrate the film’s 80th anniversary. The record includes many hitherto unpublished recordings, and is accompanied by a 24-page large-format booklet with rare texts and photos. This special edition will delight Chaplin lovers as much as collectors of high quality vinyl records. Pre-order today on PIAS’s online shop!
In support of the work UNICEF France does for children around the world, members of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, confined at home due to COVID-19 lockdown, performed Love Theme (Smile) from Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times, adapted especially for the occasion by Timothy Brock.
Lady Gaga kicked off the “One World: Together at Home” telecast with a solo piano rendition of “Smile,” composed by Charlie Chaplin. The concert, produced by Global Citizen and curated by Lady Gaga, raised $127.9 million for COVID-19 relief.