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New DVDs: The Chaplin Mutuals

Lobster Films and Arte Editions have released a new 4-DVD set of the beautifully restored Chaplin Mutual Comedies: La naissance de Charlot, Volume 2, The Mutual Comedies 1916-1917


Available on Amazon.

Format : PAL
Subtitles : English, French, German
Region : Region 2

DVD 1: The Floorwalker – The Fireman – The Vagabond – One A.M.
DVD 2: The Count – The Pawnshop – Behind The Screen – The Rink
DVD 3: Easy Street – The Cure – The Immigrant – The Adventurer
DVD 4 EXTRAS: Unknown Chaplin 1st episode - Chaplin’s Goliath –- Little Tich - The Musical Marvel

Modern Times in Lyon

This week in Lyon, France, the Institut Lumière has programmed FIVE live orchestral screenings of Modern Times at the Auditorium de Lyon. Timothy Brock will be conducting the Orchestre National de Lyon performing Chaplin’s own score, which Maestro Brock restored for live performance.

modern times still 30 DATES and TIMES:
Wednesday, Dec 4, 8pm
Thursday, Dec. 5, 2 pm (special screening for schoolchildren)
Saturday, Dec. 7, 3 pm
Sunday, Dec. 8, 11 am
Sunday, Dec. 8, 4 pm

For further details, visit the Institut Lumière’s website or book tickets directly on the Auditorium de Lyon’s website.

Chaplin at the Cinémathèque Française

Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 3 pm
Screening of three Chaplin shorts: The Pawnshop, Easy Street and The Immigrant, presented by Cecilia Cenciarelli of the Cineteca di Bologna. Live piano accompaniment by Neil Brand. Details for this screening on the Cinémathèque Française website. The Immigrant Restaurant scene

Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 9:30 am
La Cinémathèque de Bologne, étapes et diversité d’un parcours, includes a discussion with Gian Luca Farinelli, director of the Bologna Cinematheque, and a talk by Cecilia Cenciarelli on the Chaplin archives and the restoration of the Chaplin Mutuals. Details on the Cinémathèque française website.

Chaplin: His Life and Art

We are delighted to announce that Penguin UK has reprinted David Robinson’s definitive “Chaplin: His Life and Art”, which has been very difficult to find over the last few years. Buy your copy now before it disappears again!


David Robinson’s definitive and monumental biography of Charlie Chaplin, the greatest icon in the history of cinema, who lived one of the most dramatic rags to riches stories ever told.

Get your copy today on Amazon UK!

Chaplin's Vintage Year: The History of the Mutual-Chaplin Specials

BearManor Media has released Michael J. Hayde’s new book CHAPLIN’S VINTAGE YEAR, available on Amazon.

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When Charles Chaplin signed a record-setting contract with the Mutual Film Corporation in February 1916, it was the culmination of events that changed the motion picture business. Mutual’s founders redefined how films were bought, sold and distributed. Chaplin redefined screen comedy with a character that leapt into the hearts of moviegoers around the world. Together they established the value of star power and created twelves magnificent comedies that have endured for generations. From the nickelodeon to the internet, the MUTUAL-CHAPLIN SPECIALS have been viewed by more people than any other films in the entire history of cinema.

CHAPLIN’S VINTAGE YEAR tells the full story of the MUTUAL-CHAPLIN SPECIALS, framed within the rise and fall of the Mutual Film Corporation, the worldwide phenomenon known as “Chaplinitis,” the famous $670,000 contract, and the various acquisitions and releases these comedies have enjoyed for nearly one hundred years. The book includes a detailed filmography featuring period reviews and exhibitor comments, and is lavishly illustrated with over 150 photographs and advertising images.

Natural History Museum, L.A.

One of Charlie Chaplin’s original Tramp costumes is part of the “Becoming Los Angeles” exhibition at the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles. Chaplin himself donated this costume to the NHM. The exhibition explores L.A.’s Native Americans, colonists, and settlers; rancheros, citrus growers and oil barons; captains of industry, boosters, and radicals; filmmakers, innovators, and more!

Portrait Charlot

For more information, visit the Natural History Museum website.