lang : en | fr

100 Years Ago Today


February 7th, 1914 - 100 years ago TODAY - Cinema audiences saw Charlie Chaplin dressed as the iconic Tramp for the FIRST TIME in Kid Auto Races at Venice!!!

Watch Kid Auto Races at Venice below with Timothy Brock’s brilliant newly composed score for the Tramp’s 100th anniversary, commissioned by the Cineteca di Bologna!

Our logo in the graphic above was specially designed for the Tramp’s 100th anniversary by renowned poster designer, Léo Kouper, who painted his first Chaplin poster in the 1950s for the re-release of the Gold Rush.

Keystone Album, Musée de l'Elysée

2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of The Tramp. To celebrate this milestone, the Musée de l’Elysée is publishing a facsimile of the Keystone Album preserved in the Chaplin Photographic Archive. This album assembles 29 of the 36 short films Chaplin made with the Keystone Film Company in 1914.

All year long, the Musée de l’Elysée in Lausanne publishes insights on Charlie Chaplin’s first movies on their website.

Making a Living phot 9

Australia's Silent Film Festival Salutes Charlie Chaplin

Chaplin behind camera keystone


Australia’s Silent Film Festival salutes Charlie Chaplin’s start in film 100 years ago in 1914.

Charlie’s genius captivated and enchanted audiences around the world within a very short period of time. That relationship has never ended. The whole world claims Charlie as its own: the qualities in his roles as director, actor and composer are timeless and universal.

There are a number of exciting shows planned. The Festival invites you to join in the celebration. See the Australia’s Silent Film Festival website for details.

Chaplin Museum

Charles Chaplin at Manoir de Ban 50s

THE CHAPLIN MUSEUM WILL OPEN FOR SURE IN SPRING 2016! After years of uncertainty, the contracts have at last been signed for the development of a museum in the Chaplins’ family home, Manoir de Ban, Corsier sur Vevey.

Chaplin Festival in Lambersart, France

Festival-Film-en-concert zoom colorbox

From February 7th - 9th, 2014, the Films en concert festival in Lambersart, France will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Little Tramp with a screening of The Kid, screenings of other Chaplin comedies with live musical accompaniment, a panel with guest speakers and other events!

Visit the Lambersart festival’s website for more information.


Today at the BFI Southbank in London is the launch of the new book THE WORLD OF LIMELIGHT by Chaplin biographer David Robinson, which includes Charlie Chaplin’s novella FOOTLIGHTS. David Robinson, will be there, as well as British actress Claire Bloom, who co-starred in Limelight as the dancer, Thereza. The book, which is in English, is available on Amazon and through the Cineteca di Bologna’s website.


Well before becoming one of the masterpieces of Chaplin’s artistic maturity, and even before existing as a screenplay, Limelight was conceived by his author as a 34,000-word novella: after remaining virtually unknown for more than sixty years after its completion Footlights is now published by Cineteca di Bologna in this volume for the very first time. Chaplin’s vivid, idiosyncratic style, unadulterated by editors, moves freely from the baldly colloquial to moments of rich imagery and Dickensian description. For a setting, he looked back to London and the music halls of his first professional years, an enchanted period in which he had broken out of the deprivations of his childhood to discover, progressively, his unique gifts as entertainer and communicator. But this retrospect also recalled the painful insecurity of an uneducated, uncultured boy launched into the world of success.

David Robinson, Chaplin’s most eminent biographer, traces the long yet logical evolution of the story, from its unlikely origin in Chaplin’s 1916 meeting with Nijinsky. The succeeding commentary recounts the making of the film, and traces the real-life sources of Chaplin’s memories: the people and theatres of London’s Soho, and the unique ballet tradition of the two great theatres of Leicester Square, the Empire and the Alhambra, commemorated in Limelight for the first and only time on film.

The book is illustrated with a great wealth of previously unpublished documents and photographs from the Chaplin archives, historic pictures of the theatrical world of Chaplin’s youth and images from the author’s private collection.