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The Gentleman Tramp Special Dvd Release


In 1975, filmmaker Richard Patterson produced a documentary on Charles Chaplin which was the first such film that included scenes from later films including City Lights, Modern Times, The Great Dictator, Verdoux, Limelight, etc. It also contains footage of Chaplin from decades worth of newsreels, home movies, the historic Oscar telecast from 1972 and footage taken of him at his home in Vevey in 1974. He is the only person who had full access to Charlie and Oona and was able to film them at their home. Walter Matthau, Laurence Olivier and Jack Lemmon provide various narration as well as some the finest voice talents in Hollywood.

“The Gentleman Tramp” is one of the finest documentaries on Chaplin and is not a talking heads documentary. Rather, it unfolds in pictures and story through the use of transcripts, film sequences, news articles, memoribilia and all in the space of seventy eight minutes. It’s visual style and swift pace makes it one of the best and most entertaining film documentaries you’re likely to see.

Once available on VHS (and on twenty five 16mm prints released to libraries and universities), Richard Patterson has produced eight hundred limited edition DVD sets of his loving and sometimes brutally honest depiction of the Little Tramp. The film was mastered from the original film elements and is breathtaking to behold. Instead of selling them at a premium, Richard Patterson has released them through Amazon.com and is selling them for $10 plus shipping! You will be buying them direct from Mr. Patterson.


San Fransisco Chaplin Retrospective


Charlie Chaplin: A five-day, 12-film retrospective featuring all-new 35mm prints opens Saturday with perhaps the most underrated of the Little Tramp’s efforts, “The Circus” (1928), preceded by two shorts, “The Idle Class” (1921) and “A Day’s Pleasure” (1919).

Far from a minor effort, “The Circus” deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as other Chaplins being screened over the next week, including “City Lights” (Sunday), “Modern Times” (Monday), “The Great Dictator” (Tuesday) and “The Kid” (Tuesday).

Part of the reason is that it is packed with one visually inventive sequence after another, even more so than most Chaplin films - the funhouse and tightrope set pieces in particular. Also, the unrequited love story with a trick horse rider (Merna Kennedy) is especially affecting. Chaplin, who won a special Academy Award for the film, was an acute social and political critic.

If he had decided to write instead of make films, he would have been George Orwell.

Saturday through Wednesday at :
the Castro Theatre
429 Castro St. San Fransisco
(415) 621-6120
http://www.castrotheatre.com.

Read more on sfgate.com



Darling, Charlie is just FABULOUS


Watch this amazing fashion show by “John Galliano”:http://www.johngalliano.com/, inspired by Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton.

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The Chaplin Mutuals with Carl Davis in New York


The 22nd of July Carl Davis is conducting the Brooklyn Philharmonic in “live performances”:http://www.bricartsmedia.org/events/performing-arts/the-chaplin-mutuals-carl-davis of his original scores to “Easy Street”, “1:00 AM”, and “Behind the Screen”, three of Charlie Chaplin’s classics from the “Mutual Film Corporation”.


Smile!


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A moving moment from the Guardian Archives


!http://www.charliechaplin.com/images/photos/0000/0828/PORTRAITS0002_square.jpg! Down the memory lane : in 1975, 2 years before his death, Charlie Chaplin goes to London to receive his knighthood from the Queen. “The Guardian’s moving article, Chaplin in Limelight”:http://www.guardian.co.uk/theguardian/2010/jun/22/archive-charlie-chaplin-in-limelight, describes how this old and diminished man gathers up his energy to receive his ultimate honor with his beloved wife Oona, still thinking about his next film…