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kouper in his studio portrait by arnold lozano

As part of the Birth of the Tramp celebrations in Bologna, there will be a special Léo Kouper exhibition from June 25th to July 5th, 2014.

Léo Kouper, pictured above in his artist’s studio in Saint-Ouen, is a French artist, renowned for his movie poster illustrations, notably those of Chaplin films. He painted his first Chaplin poster in the 1950s.

Alongside some of his most famous Chaplin posters, the exhibition will feature many ideas that never made it to the United Artists advertising department. Mr Kouper will be in attendance for a guided tour on Saturday, June 28th at 4:00 pm.



June 25th to July 5th
Monday to Friday: 2:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 am to 9:00 pm

For more information about the numerous Tramp 100 festivities in Bologna, visit

And here’s a sneak peek, as the exhibition is currently being set up:

exhibit kouper photo by Arnold Lozano

exhibit kouper photo by Arnold Lozano

A Comedian Sees the World

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Film star Charlie Chaplin spent February 1931 through June 1932 touring Europe, during which time he wrote a travel memoir entitled “A Comedian Sees the World.” This memoir was published as a set of five articles in Women’s Home Companion from September 1933 to January 1934 but until now had never been published as a book in the U.S. In presenting the first edition of Chaplin’s full memoir, Lisa Stein Haven provides her own introduction and notes to supplement Chaplin’s writing and enhance the narrative.

Haven’s research revealed that “A Comedian Sees the World” may very well have been Chaplin’s first published composition, and that it was definitely the beginning of his writing career. It also marked a transition into becoming more vocally political for Chaplin, as his subsequent writings and films started to take on more noticeably political stances following his European tour.

During his tour, Chaplin spent time with numerous politicians, celebrities, and world leaders, ranging from Winston Churchill and Mahatma Gandhi to Albert Einstein and many others, all of whom inspired his next feature films, Modern Times (1936), The Great Dictator (1940), Monsieur Verdoux (1947), and A King in New York (1957). His excellent depiction of his experiences, coupled with Haven’s added insights, makes for a brilliant account of Chaplin’s travels and shows another side to the man whom most know only from his roles on the silver screen. Historians, travelers, and those with any bit of curiosity about one of America’s most beloved celebrities will all want to have A Comedian Sees the World in their collections.

The book is now available on Amazon.

The Birth of the Tramp Celebration

Starting next week: Mike Leigh, Claire Bloom, Michael Chaplin, Alexander Payne, Michel Hazanavicius and Bérénice Bejo will join other Chaplin fans and experts from round the world for the 3 day Chaplin event in Bologna Italy.

The Birth of the Tramp Celebration will begin on the evening of Wednesday, June 25th with an open-air live orchestral screening in Piazza Maggiore. For the programme and the online registration:


The Chaplin Project at the Cinémathèque Française


The Chaplin Project, hosted by Serge Bromberg

Sunday, June 8th, 2014 - 3:00 pm

Serge Bromberg will present - and accompany live on piano - a selection of some of Chaplin’s greatest shorts. He’ll talk about film restoration, while showing newly restored footage of films that Lobster Films and the Cineteca di Bologna are restoring. An informative evening at the French Cinematheque with lots of laughter guaranteed!

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On the program:

Screening of the currently “in progress” restoration of A Night in the Show, 1915
The Rink, 1916, (world premiere of the new restoration)
Easy Street, 1917, (world premiere of the new restoration)

…..and other surprises!

100 Years of the Tramp in POSITIF

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Renowned French cinema magazine, POSITIF, has a special feature on the 100 years of the Tramp in their June 2014 issue.

Featured articles:
- Un Centenaire, Hubert Niogret
- The Melancholy Comus, Pour Charles Chaplin, Edwin Rolfe
- Pas pour les enfants, Charlot scabreux, Francis Bordat
- L’Opinion publique, Au plus près de la vie, Paul Duncan
- L’histoire de “N” de Charlie Chaplin, Cecilia Cenciarelli
- Chaplin à Bali, Raphaël Millet
- Les écrivains francophones et Charlie Chaplin, Paul Renard