“Interviewers have asked me how I get ideas for pictures and to this day I am not able to answer satisfactorily. […] How does one get ideas? By sheer perseverance to the point of madness. One must have a capacity to suffer anguish and sustain enthusiasm over a long period of time. Perhaps it’s easier for some people than others, but I doubt it.” - Charles Chaplin, My Autobiography
Potemkine has just released new French Blu-rays and DVDs of The Kid and The Gold Rush. Fans will love these new editions with 108-page booklets full of articles, archival documents and more, plus new bonuses on the discs never before released in France, including Cineteca di Bologna’s 4K restoration of The Kid with a 2016 recording of the Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna playing Timothy Brock’s restoration of Chaplin’s score, and the 1925 silent version of The Gold Rush accompanied by the Orchestra Città Aperta playing Brock’s restoration and adaptation of Chaplin’s score.
Jim Lochner’s brilliant comprehensive new musical biography of Charlie Chaplin, The Music of Charlie Chaplin, is now available from McFarland Books.
Chaplin the actor is universally synonymous with his beloved Tramp character. Chaplin the director is considered one of the great auteurs and innovators of cinema history. Less well known is Chaplin the composer, whose instrumental theme for Modern Times (1936) later became the popular standard “Smile”, a Billboard hit for Nat “King” Cole in 1954.
Drawing on numerous transcriptions from 60 years of original scores, this comprehensive study reveals the untold story of Chaplin the composer and the string of famous (and not-so-famous) musicians he employed, giving fresh insight into his films and shedding new light on the man behind the icon.
Chaplin’s World has been voted Best Museum in Europe in 2018 by the European Museum Academy, which recognizes the exceptional work of organizations, researchers and cultural institutions in the creation of innovative museums, or the production of internationally significant studies or projects.
Chaplin’s World also recently won the TripAdvisor Travellers Choice award, making them the number one museum to visit in Switzerland.
We are delighted to announce that Erhan Ay from Istanbul, Turkey is the winner of our Design a Logo contest for 2019, the 130th anniversary of Chaplin’s birth :
Congratulations, Erhan! We love the logo!
Erhan Ay’s design will accompany Chaplin events and communication in 2019. The logo will be used by the Chaplin office (Roy Export, Bubbles Incorporated) and their licensees, and by Chaplin’s World by Grévin.
To see Erhan Ay’s other work, you can visit erhanay.com and follow him on:
The jury consisted of employees of the Chaplin office, members of the Chaplin’s World team and Laura Chaplin, Chaplin’s granddaughter. We would like to express our thanks again to all of the participants for taking the time to submit their artwork, and for being Chaplin fans.
The competition was very tough. Amazingly, there were 195 participating logos - far more than we expected – from six continents, from such diverse countries as Argentina, Australia, Bangladesh, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Canada, Colombia, Cyprus, England, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, India, Indonesia, Iran, Italy, Lithuania, Malaysia, Nepal, Norway, the Philippines, Scotland, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, the USA and Venezuela.
We were so impressed with the submissions that it took us some time to come to a decision, and have decided to share a few of our favorite runners-up in the following days.