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Slapstick - Bristol's silent comedy festival

“Slapstick Silent Comedy Festival: 17th-20th January 2008”:

Special Gala on Friday 18 January 19.30 at Colston Hall

Paul Merton hosts this special Slapstick Gala, featuring the world première of Timothy Brock’s reworking of Chaplin’s score for his greatest silent comedy “The Gold Rush”:/en/articles/5 performed by the 15 piece Emerald Ensemble. With additional comedy shorts, including Laurel and Hardy classic Leave’em Laughing and special guests Paul McGann and Christopher Chaplin.

Fee: £15.00 full / £12.00 concessions & Bristol Silents members / £5.00 children (under 12)
From Colston Hall Box Office: (0117) 922 3686 or colstonhall.or
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San Francisco projections

  • A Dog’s Life
  • Shoulder Arms
  • “The Circus”:/en/articles/1

Saturday, December 8, 2007

2:30 pm: A Dog’s Life, The Idle Class and Shoulder Arms
By Charles Chaplin (releases 1918/1921)

4:50 pm: “The Circus”:/en/articles/1
By Charles Chaplin (1928)
35 mm print from MK2 France

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Screening of City Lights New York

From December 25 to January 1 2008

In Film Forum
209 W Houston St, New York, NY 10014
Box Office: (212) 727-8110
Contact Film Forum

1:30, 3:25, 5:20, 7:15, 9:10

“If only one of Chaplin’s films could be preserved, “City Lights”:/en/articles/4 would come the closest to representing all the different notes of his genius. It contains the slapstick, the pathos, the pantomime, the effortless physical coordination, the melodrama, the bawdiness, the grace, and, of course, the Little Tramp — the character said at one time to be the most famous image on earth.” Roger Ebert.

Take part in our competition !

h3{color:#E3240F;}. All you need is a hat a cane and a moustache…

From Lucille Ball to Brigitte Bardot…from Billy West to Robert Downey Jr and France’s Gad Elmaleh… children who love his films or his walk: people have often dressed up as The Little Tramp.

To mark the new design of our website and the 30th anniversary of Chaplin’s death, we thought it could be fun to launch a “competition for the best picture of someone dressed as Chaplin”:/uassets. We don’t mean professional look-alikes, but you, your children, your grandmother!

Almost 90 years ago, Mary Thurman (actress) had the chance to wear the real costume of The Little Tramp…

“Subscribe”:/users/new or if you’ve already signed up, “login”:/sessions/new, it entitles you to upload your images and/or to vote since users of the site are the only judges of the competition

The competition is over

Here’s a list of the prizes:


  • *Prize n°1:
    The Chaplin DVD collection by MK2 - 10 films
  • “Chaplin in Pictures book”:/en/articles/54
  • Chaplin Mutual Comedies (DVD zone 2: Only for US residents)
  • “Chaplin figurine and vinyls by French designers Leblon Delienne.”:/en/articles/97*
  • “Musical greetings cards Music from Modern Times”:/en/articles/98


  • *Prize n°2:
    “Chaplin in Pictures book”:/en/articles/54
  • Chaplin Mutual Comedies (DVD zone 2: Only for US residents)
  • SilvaScreen CD of Carl Davis’s restoration of the original 1931 “City Lights”:/en/articles/119
  • “Chaplin figurine and vinyls by french designers Leblon Delienne.”:/en/articles/97*


  • Prize n°3:
    Chaplin tee shirts & “tins”:/en/articles/41


  • Prize n°4:
    Chaplin Movie Icons collection “book by Taschen”:/en/articles/38

Silent Comedy

[…]_ “The tiresomely idiotic debate on Keaton versus Chaplin is, in my experience, overwhelmingly used by proponents of Buster to attempt to rubbish Charlie…” It’s an appealing mind-set for some people, who say: “We’ve all heard that Charlie Chaplin was meant to be the greatest comedian in the world, but my preference for Buster keaton demonstrates my ability to think for myself. Chaplin was overly sentimental, but Keaton’s coolness and cynical eye chime exactly with our “Modern Times” Well, the good news is that they are both fantastic. There’s no need to choose between them. Enjoy them both ! That’s one of the main aims of my book. I shall examine the films of Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton, not in isolation, as has been the usual practice, but showing how they influenced each other in a creative rivalry that also featured Harold Lloyd (the man hanging off the clock). This rivalry and desire to make better and better comedies ensured a stream of high-quality pictures. Great works of art were created.”_

Starting with the very earliest pioneering short films, Paul traces the evolution of silent comedy through the 1900s and considers the lives and works of the genre’s greatest exponents - Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin, Laurel and Hardy and Harold Lloyd - showing not only how each developed in the course of his career but also the extent to which they influenced each other.

At the same time, he brings a comedian’s insight to bear on the art of making people laugh, and explores just how the great comic ideas, routines, gags and pratfalls worked and evolved. His first book for ten years, this richly illustrated history of silent comedy is destined to be a classic in its own right.

“Purchase the book online”:

City Lights: New book

Based on extensive archival research of Chaplin’s production records, Charles Maland’s “City Lights”:/en/articles/4 offers a careful history of the film’s production and reception, as well as a close examination of the film itself, with special attention to the sources of the final scene’s emotional power.

Charles Maland is Professor of Cinema Studies, American Studies and English at the University of Tennessee.

“About the book”:

Silly pictures

To encourage all you Chaplin fans out there to don your bowler hats and get out your eyeliner, please check silly pictures of the Chaplin Association staff.



Have a look at all the pictures !

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