In the same part of London where Charlie grew up, you can learn about the early music hall stars who influenced Chaplin’s work, and watch fantastic Pathé footage of some of them synched with recordings of their songs. See Charlie’s childhood homes and schools, and details of his early UK stage career.
Devised by Leslie Hardcastle, creator of the prizewinning Museum of the Moving Image (1989-1998), in collaboration with David Robinson, Chaplin’s biographer, the exhibition tells Chaplin’s story in six main sections, evoking consecutive phases of his dramatic rise from rags to riches.
The London Film Museum, based in County Hall, has been growing rapidly ever since it opened in 2008. This new exhibition marks a major investment by the museum to produce a spectacular tribute to a great Londoner who they say “remains the single most outstanding figure in all film history. “
The Charlie Chaplin - The Great Londoner exhibition will be a permanent feature and entry is included in the admission price of the London Film Museum.
County Hall, Riverside Building London London SE1 7PB
January 2010 CNN report on the BFI/Cineteca di Bologna/Lobster Film Keystone restorations, and Timothy Brock on “restoring Chaplin’s scores”:http://www.cnn.com/2010/SHOWBIZ/Movies/01/29/charlie.chaplin.restoration/index.html
Grand Rapids Ballet Company to do a Chaplin inspired ballet, the revival of Gordon Peirce Schmidt’s “Flickers,” a one-act ballet the GRBC artistic director created in 2003 for the company’s Dancers’ Theatre Series.
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and Feb. 5-6, 2 p.m. Sunday and Feb. 7
Where: GRBC’s Wege Theatre, 341 Ellsworth St. SW
Tickets: $30 adults, $25 seniors, $20 children 12 and younger at Ticketmaster outlets, (800) 982-2787, “Tickets here”:http://www.ticketmaster.com
More info: 454-4771, or on the “Grand Rapids Ballet website”:http://www.grballet.com and on “MLive”:http://www.mlive.com/entertainment/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2010/01/grand_rapids_ballet_companys_n_1.html
“Through these humble relics of popular culture we can track the growth of Chaplin’s phenomenal popularity, which is intertwined with the rapid growth of the film industry itself.”
Dan Kamin, author of The Comedy of Charlie Chaplin has written an interesting article about “Chaplin appearing on magazine’s covers.”:http://magazinehistory.blogspot.com/2009/12/charlie-chaplin-in-magazines.html
Nice good looking vintage magazines to have a peek at as well.
In keeping with the theme of the conference, “Charlie in the Heartland,” which was chosen to commemorate Chaplin’s first trip to the United States with Fred Karno’s Comedians in October, 1910, we are seeking papers in a wide range of areas, all to do with Chaplin, his relationship with, influence on, or evocation of America, either during or after his long residence here. The following topics are meant to generate ideas for presentations, not limit creativity or exclude participation:
Maland’s Chaplin and American Culture 20 Years Later
From Karno to Keystone: Eliding the Music Hall Stage and the Silent Screen
American Vaudeville Audiences of the 1910s – A Herald of Silent Film Popularity?
Chaplin’s Company: Who were Charlie’s Character
Actors and What Were Their Influences?
Vulgar Film Comedy as High Art.
Chaplin and Public Appearance: A Reconsideration of the Liberty Bond Tour
The Chaplin Imitator Phenomenon
Film Audience Reception in the Heartland
The Heartland Rebels: Chaplin and the American Legion
Brother Sydney Chaplin : What Was the Magnitude of His Impact?
The Representation of America or Americans in the
Films of Charlie Chaplin
Chaplin’s Little Tramp and the Beat Generation in America
Individual papers or full panels are welcome to submit proposals.
Please send a 500-word abstract, a short bio and your contact information to Lisa Stein, Assistant Professor of English, OU-Zanesville, 1425 Newark Road, Zanesville, OH 43701 or via email by February 1, 2010. Graduate and undergraduate students are welcome and encouraged to submit.
N. B. We have tried to make this an accessible conference for young scholars by offering several low-cost housing options, as well as a reduced registration rate. We will also have a student travel grant available for applicants. Check back in early 2010.
The Zanesville Art Museum will host a six-week-long exhibit on Chaplin entitled “Charlie Chaplin and America,” to begin October 1, 2010.
Check the “website”:http://www.zanesville.ohiou.edu/chaplin/ for updates on this event.
Katie Melua has a lovely song about “Mary Pickford”:http://www.amazon.com/Pictures-Katie-Melua/dp/B0020H46KQ%3FSubscriptionId%3D1GGP2X6SNBRNARDHET82%26tag%3Dcharliechap0e-20%26linkCode%3Dxm2%26camp%3D2025%26creative%3D165953%26creativeASIN%3DB0020H46KQ eating roses, Douglas Fairbanks wearing a mustache “and musta had much cash” and Charlie Chaplin being invited,
“when these artists became united”.
The clip has touching footages of D. Fairbanks M. Pickford and Charlie Chaplin playing around when they created United Artists. Those were the days…
Beware before listening, you might find yourself whistling the tune all day…