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Symposium: Art for the Citizen

September 25, 26, 27, and 29 - Crystal Bridges Museum, Bentonville, AR

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Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas presents a symposium on Art for the Citizen— bringing together creative thinkers from surrounding institutions to explore artists from the first half of the twentieth century whose work conveys political and social messages—from paintings to the cinema of Charlie Chaplin. The final day of the symposium features a live performance accompanying Charlie Chaplin’s City Lights, presented by the Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra playing Chaplin’s own score.

For full program details, visit the Crystal Bridges website.

Criterion to release City Lights

Criterion is releasing Chaplin’s City Lights on DVD/Blu-ray on November 12, 2013.

Pre-order yours today!

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Disc Features

-New digital restoration from a 4K film transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray

-New audio commentary by Charlie Chaplin biographer Jeffrey Vance

-Chaplin Today: “City Lights,” a 2003 documentary on the film, featuring Aardman Animations cofounder Peter Lord

-Chaplin Studios: Creative Freedom by Design, a new interview program featuring visual effects expert Craig Barron

-Archival footage from the production of City Lights, including film from the set, with audio commentary by Chaplin historian Hooman Mehran; a costume test; a rehearsal; and a complete scene not used in the film

-Excerpt from Chaplin’s short film The Champion (1915), along with footage of the director with boxing stars at Chaplin Studios in 1918


-One Blu-ray and one DVD, with all content available in both formats

-PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Gary Giddins and a 1966 interview with Chaplin

Pre-order today!

The Kid - Coram Secret Garden

“A picture with a smile – and perhaps, a tear” - The Nomad Cinema presents an open air screening of Charlie Chaplin’s 1921 masterpiece The Kid in a magical environment in central London.

Place: Coram Secret Garden, London
Date: Wednesday, August 21st, 2013
Time: Doors open at 7.00PM, screening at 8.30PM

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Don’t forget blankets, cushions and lots of layers and make sure you’re sitting comfortably as the sun goes down and the screen goes up.

Please visit the Nomad Cinema’s website for full details.

The Hat, The Cane, The Moustache

August 1-26, 2013 at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe: The Hat, The Cane, The Moustache is a solo show in which a young actor explores the life and career of his idol, Charlie Chaplin.

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Clive Elkington stars in this unique and playful look at one of the world’s most famous film stars.

Explore the life and career of Charlie Chaplin through the eyes of a young actor in the moments before he goes on stage to recreate his idol. This one man show is a funny and extraordinary story of two performers, told in words, visual and physical theatre - all with a great big toothy grin, and the inspiration of a legend to draw on… With a hat, a cane and a moustache, Chaplin’s Little Tramp will come back to life right before your eyes.

For more information, see the Edinburgh Festival Fringe website. You can also check out the show’s Facebook page - Or if you tweet, follow @ChaplinEdFringe

Photos: Chaplin and Animals

For your viewing pleasure, here is another selection of photographs from the Chaplin archives. Our theme for this selection is “Chaplin and Animals”. Enjoy!

adl pub 6 On the set of A Dog’s Life (1918) © Roy Export Company Establishment. Scan courtesy Cineteca di Bologna.

cir 357 Merna Kennedy and Chaplin play with a kitten. The Circus (1928) © Roy Export S.A.S. Scan courtesy Cineteca di Bologna.

mutual 0003 Charlie Chaplin in One A.M. (1916) From the archives of Roy Export Company Establishment.

cir 313 Charlie tries blowing a pill down a horse’s throat in The Circus (1928) © Roy Export S.A.S. Scan courtesy Cineteca di Bologna.

Circus 52 Charlie as a tight-rope walker, attacked by escaped monkeys in The Circus (1928) © Roy Export S.A.S. Scan courtesy Cineteca di Bologna.

cl 58 Chaplin as a street cleaner with Anna May, famed elephant star, in City Lights (1931) © Roy Export S.A.S. Scan courtesy Cineteca di Bologna.

cir 360 On the set of The Circus (1928). For the scenes with the lions Chaplin made some 200 takes, in many of which he was actually inside the lion’s cage. © Roy Export Company Establishment. Scan courtesy Cineteca di Bologna.

gr 0023 Charles Chaplin feeds a bear on the set of The Gold Rush (1925). © Roy Export Company Establishment. Scan courtesy Cineteca di Bologna.

pd 0007 A cat steals a sausage from the table in Pay Day (1922) © Roy Export S.A.S. Scan courtesy Cineteca di Bologna.

You can also check out our previous photo archive posts:
February 28th, 2013: A selection of Chaplin photographs
March 29th, 2013: From the Chaplin archives