On Saturday, 30 August 2014, The NFSA’s current Arc cinema program pays a special tribute to the greatest of all movie stars, Charles Chaplin.
2014 marks the 100th anniversary of Charles Chaplin’s first appearance as his iconic Tramp character, in February 1914. To celebrate, Arc will round up some old friends, from amongst the many musicians who’ve accompanied their silent film screenings over the years – and will also introduce some new talent.
Together they’ll perform to a selection of early Chaplin classics and rarities – all recently restored as part of a collaborative project amongst film international archives that included The British Film Institute, Italy’s Cineteca di Bologna and Lobster Films in Paris.
A Dog’s Life will also be screened with Chaplin’s own symphonic score.
To set the mood for their Chaplinitis event, an international panel will celebrate Chaplin’s legacy.
Via Skype from London, David Robinson – celebrated silent film historian and programmer, Chaplin scholar and author of the definitive Chaplin biography, Chaplin, His Life and Art – will talk about The Tramp, 100 years on.
Via Skype from Italy, Cecilia Cenciarelli of the Cineteca di Bologna will talk about what’s been involved in the international Chaplin project that’s restored many of the films screening on the special Chaplinitis day.
Plus filmmaker and Professor of Film and Creative Arts at Macquarie University, Kathryn Millard, will celebrate the tradition of Chaplin impersonators – a cult from almost the first months of his success and one that continues around the world to this day.
Visit the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia website for details.