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Chaplinitis at the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia


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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.


Brasília International Film Festival


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The Brasília International Film Festival begins today, August 28th!

This year’s Guest of Honor is Geraldine Chaplin! A number of her films will be screened.

The festival also plans to pay homage to Charles Chaplin with screenings of Limelight, The Floorwalker, The Fireman, The Vagabond & The Count. Richard Attenborough’s “Chaplin” will also be screened.

For full details, visit the Brasília International Film Festival website.


Special Screening at Kabukiza Theatre – Chaplin’s City Lights




This year, the 27th Tokyo International Film Festival will hold a special screening on October 27 for the first time in cooperation with Kabukiza, a hub that conveys Japanese traditional culture to the world. Charles Chaplin,“ the king of comedy,” still attracts people 100 years after his screen debut. Kabukiza opened to the public for the first time in 1889, the year of his birth. Chaplin responded with enthusiasm and excitement to every aspect of Japanese culture, in particular kabuki.

Records state he actually visited Kabukiza when he came to Japan. It is also reported that a Sewamono (a genre of contemporary setting plays in kabuki) titled “Koumori no yasu san” (“Yasu the Bat”) was presented at Kabukiza after kabuki related people returned from the United States, where they were impressed by City Lights, one of Chaplin’s masterpieces.

Considering this relation between Kabukiza and Chaplin, the festival selected City Lights for the special screening at Kabukiza. In this event, many guests invited from Japan and overseas will enjoy a kabuki performance by a Kabuki actor before the special screening of City Lights.

Visit the 27th Tokyo International Film Festival website for more details.



Charlie Chaplin Comedy Film Festival


The Charlie Chaplin Comedy Film Festival honours the pioneering spirit of a great filmmaker and advocate for social change.

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The fourth annual CCCFF will take place from August 21st to 24th in the beautiful village of Waterville on the Ring of Kerry in the South West of Ireland. The festival includes a hugely entertaining range of events, screenings (including Chaplin films!), workshops and Chaplin-themed street entertainment and much, much more.

Don’t miss their attempt at a Guinness World Record for the most Charlie Chaplin look-alikes in one spot on Sunday, August 24th.

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Waterville extends a very warm welcome to you all. Check out the Charlie Chaplin Comedy Film Festival website for full details.



"L'Avant-Scène Cinéma" - City Lights Edition


French cinema magazine “L’Avant-Scène Cinéma” has released a special City Lights summer edition. Get yours today!

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Summary : Scene-by-scene breakdown of City Lights by René Marx. Articles and texts by Jean Mitry, Serge Bromberg, P.S. Gutman, Jacques Kermabon, J.M. Méjean… Interview with Pierre Etaix.