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The Kyoto Chaplin conference II

h3. The Kyoto Silent film Festival 2007

The “Chaplin Society of Japan”: will host the 2nd Kyoto Chaplin Conference from 24-25 March, 2006 and the 1st Kyoto Silent film Festival from 24 March to 1 April, 2007.

The main theme of the conference - and a featured section of the festival - will be “Chaplin and War”. Chaplin felt himself engaged not only in the First World War of 1914-18 and the Second World of 1939-45,but also in the Cold War of the 1950s. The relevance of his comic reflections upon a tragic world loses none of its force with time:”The Great Dictator”:/articles/13 attracted fresh attention in the new century and the era of the Iraq war.The conference will present new information and materials for the understanding of Chaplin’s relationship with war.

The festival will also feature an exhibition of more than one hundred set designs for “Modern Times”:/articles/6, “The Great Dictator”:/articles/13 and “Monsieur Verdoux”:/articles/8 drawn from the collection of David Robinson, and shown in public for the first time.

The 2nd Chaplin Conference promises much new information for even the most knowledgeable Chaplin experts. We are actively soliciting papers which emphasize the theme of Chaplin and War, but we also welcome papers on any aspect of Chaplin’s life and work. Proposals, with a brief outline of the paper, should be submitted by 15 February 2007.

We are planning to screen the restored version of SHOULDER ARMS accompanied by the Kyoto Symphony Orchestra, along with films about war by other artists, including King Vidor’s masterpiece, THE BIG PARADE (restored version) and Japanese war documentaries. The programme will include a newly discovered fragment of film of the infant Chaplin’s comic inspiration, the Spanish clown Marceline. The principal retrospectives are dedicated to the director D.W.Griffith, the actor Sessue Hayakawa, and Japanese silent film comedians

Directors: Ono Hiroyuki and David Robinson

  • +Contact Information+ :
    Ono Hiroyuki
    The Chaplin Society of Japan
    Tel/Fax +81-(0)75-755-6327

2007 is the 30th anniversary of Charlie Chaplin's death

He died on Christmas Day, 1977.
In 2007, people will be celebrating his life and work again.

  • The photographic exhibition “Chaplin In Pictures”:/infos/7 is in Bologna, Italy from June 1st through October 30th 2007 in Sala Borsa and will continue to tour in Barcelona, Madrid, Palma, Tarragone, Girone, Stockholm, Sweden …

  • “MK2”: will re-release three films in cinemas all over France at Christmas 2007 with new high definition restorations:

    “The Kid”, “The Circus” and “The Gold Rush” in December 2007.

  • “Cineteca Bologna”:/articles/102 has decided to show the majority of Chaplin’s films during their “film festival”:en/infos/158 in June and July 2007. They will also complete their scanning of the Chaplin document archives and the complete archive will be available on the “Chaplin Project website”: for summer 2007.

  • “Live orchestral screenings”:/live_performances of Chaplin’s films with his own music are already booked in Bilbao, Aalborg, Oslo, Aachen, Florence, Lahti, Trento, Bologna, Metz, Sydney Brazil, Kyoto, Norway… There is room for many more.

  • “Taschen”:/en/articles/38 published a new Icons book devoted to Chaplin, and other books are under preparation in collaboration in particular with Le Mani, Cineteca di Bologna, The BFI and Les Cahiers du Cinéma. Bayard will publish french books for children too.

  • The premiere of the Chaplin musical by Marc and Norbert Nacash will hopefully take place in Paris in autumn 2008.

Should you wish to organise a Chaplin event please “contact us”:/en/contacts.

You will find further information about all our activities and details of live orchestral screenings in particular on the “News and Live Performances pages of our website”:/live_performances

Live orchestral screenings of Easy Street, The immigrant and the Adventurer

“The London Sinfonietta”: presents Benedict Mason’s ChaplinOperas in a 6 date UK tour which includes a London performance at The Coronet, the South London venue where the young Chaplin first performed on stage.
From Saturday 24 February to Tuesday 6 March 2007

For more information, please see: “London Sinfonietta”:

Fundraising live orchestral screening of The Pilgrim

Fundraising live orchestral screening of The Pilgrim (1922) in aid of:
- Thurston County Food Bank
- Union Gospel Mission Free Dental Clinic

On February 24, 2007 in the First Christian Church.
With a 13 piece professional orchestra conducted by Timothy Brock.

For more information, please see: “First Christian Church”:

Small exhibition

Exhibition from 16th April to 1st May 2007 in a commercial centre in St Gallen (Switzerland).
A Chaplin fan, Daniel Bertsch will present his collection of figurines, merchandising items, stamps, posters, so that children of the small town can share his enthusiasm for Chaplin. Clips from “The Kid”, “The Gold Rush” and “Modern Times” will be screened.

Please see: “Santispark”:

BBC Radio 3 "Chaplin, Celebrity and Modernity"

The BBC Radio 3 programm “Chaplin, Celebrity and Modernity” will be broadcast on the 4th of March at 21.30 on “BBC Radio 3”:
Introduced by Mark Kermode

Book "The unparalleled career of the Little Tramp"

“Charles Chaplin’s Little Tramp is the supreme icon of motion pictures—still recognized and loved throughout the world, more than 90 years since he first burst on the screen. The shabby little figure – with derby hat, too-tight jacket, oversized boots and pants, dandified bow tie, and swagger cane – seemed to symbolize the hopes and fears, defeats and optimism of all humanity. Chaplin’s own biography was a rags-to-riches story that saw the product of a destitute childhood in Victorian London become one of Hollywood’s first millionaires and the owner of his own studio before he was 30. His supreme gift was to transform his experience and knowledge of the human lot into comedy, for which his invention and skill have never been surpassed. […]”

  • Edited by “Taschen”:
  • Editor: Duncan, Paul
  • Text: Robinson, David
  • Photos: Roy Export Company Establishment
  • Flexicover, 14×19.5 cm (5.5×7.7 in.), 192 pages Icon