In December 2019 the Japan Arts Council National Theatre in Tokyo will stage a revival of the 1931 kabuki show KOMORI NO YASUSAN, written by Kimura Kinka in 1931 and based on Chaplin’s City Lights. The show has been revived and revised by Ono Hiroyuki in collaboration with Matsumoto Koshiro the 10th, who will perform in the show. Here are the first photographs of Matsumoto Koshiro the 10th in costume for the performance:
Continuing our collaboration with [PIAS], we are excited to announce the release of Charlie Chaplin - The Complete Soundtracks 12-CD box set with 64-page booklet. This box set follows the double CD and double vinyl editions of the Charlie Chaplin Film Music Anthology released by [PIAS]/Le Chant Du Monde earlier this year.
Each CD comes in a cardboard sleeve with iconic Chaplin film stills illustrating the soundtracks within. Each CD has a photograph of the Tramp in a different pose with his signature baggy trousers, bowler hat and cane.
CD 1: CITY LIGHTS CD 2: MODERN TIMES CD 3: THE GOLD RUSH CD 4: THE GREAT DICTATOR & MONSIEUR VERDOUX CD 5: LIMELIGHT & A KING IN NEW YORK CD 6: A DOG’S LIFE & SHOULDER ARMS CD 7: THE PILGRIM CD 8: THE CIRCUS CD 9: THE KID CD 10: THE IDLE CLASS & PAY DAY CD 11: A DAY’S PLEASURE & SUNNYSIDE CD 12: A WOMAN OF PARIS
Some of the CDs include never-before-heard recordings of Chaplin composing and rehearsing as bonus tracks. The booklet includes information on Chaplin’s life and work, song lyrics, as well as rare photographs and documents from the Chaplin archives. Unfortunately the music from A Countess from Hong Kong (1967) is missing from this soundtrack set as the rights do not belong to the Chaplin rights holding companies, and the recording is therefore not
part of the Chaplin archives.
Photos of the packaging by Carlo Polisano / Key Production.
In commemoration of this year’s 130th anniversary of Chaplin’s birth, the National Theatre of Japan is reviving KOMORI NO YASUSAN, a Kabuki version of Chaplin’s CITY LIGHTS that was originally performed in August 1931 at Tokyo’s Kabuki Theatre. The revival stars Matsumoto Koshiro the 10th.
A new exhibition, Charlie Chaplin dans l’œil des avant-gardes, opens at the Musée d’Arts de Nantes on October 18, 2019 until February 3, 2020. The exhibition explores the many points of convergence between Chaplin’s cinematography and the arts of the same era, at a time when his films proved without a doubt that a brand new art form had arrived.
The Musée d’Arts de Nantes is hosting a conference on the same subject on December 5 & 6, 2019, with l’Université Paris 1 (Institut Acte) as co-organiser.
Several Chaplin films will be screened at Le Cinématographe in Nantes in October and November.
Continuing our collaboration with [PIAS], it is our great pleasure to announce the release of the double vinyl set of the Charlie Chaplin Film Music Anthology. The double vinyl edition is complementary to our double CD set with the same name released in April – a number of tracks vary from the CD edition, and the vinyl contains some hitherto unreleased bonus tracks of Chaplin at work on some of his most famous tunes.
The Philharmonie de Paris pays homage to Charlie Chaplin with a new exhibition which focuses on the work of the master of silent film from a musical vantage point, shining the spotlight on the close relation to dance, rhythm and the illusion of speech and sound, all rigorously “orchestrated” in each of his works.
With many film clips, photographs, artworks, rare documents and interactive installations, the new exhibition, The Sound of Charlie Chaplin (French title: Charlie Chaplin : L’Homme-orchestre) is open from October 11, 2019 to January 26, 2020, and offers an in-depth vision adapted to visitors of all age-groups, who will be able to explore the life and work of one of the greatest artists of the 20th century through a new light.
The Philharmonie de Paris also has a special programme of Chaplin-themed concerts from October 9-13, which includes Modern Times and Cineteca di Bologna/Immagine Ritrovata’s new digital restoration of A Woman of Paris with live accompaniment by the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris conducted by Timothy Brock, and more…
In the last film he made during the silent era, Charlie Chaplin revels in the art of the circus, paying tribute to the acrobats and pantomimists who inspired his virtuoso pratfalls. After being mistaken for a pickpocket, Chaplin’s Tramp flees into the ring of a traveling circus and soon becomes the star of the show, falling for the troupe’s bareback rider along the way. Despite its famously troubled production, this gag-packed comedy ranks among Chaplin’s finest, thanks to some of the most audacious set pieces of the director-performer’s career, including a close brush with a lion and a climactic tightrope walk with a barrelful of monkeys. The Circus, which was rereleased in 1969 with a new score by Chaplin, is an uproarious high-wire act that showcases silent cinema’s most popular entertainer at the peak of his comic powers.
- New 4K digital restoration of Charlie Chaplin’s 1969 rerelease version of the film, featuring an original score by Chaplin, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
- New audio commentary featuring Chaplin biographer Jeffrey Vance
- Interview with Chaplin from 1969
- New interview with Chaplin’s son Eugene Chaplin
- In the Service of the Story, a new program on the film’s visual effects and production design by film scholar Craig Barron
- Chaplin Today: “The Circus,” a 2003 documentary on the film featuring filmmaker Emir Kusturica
- Excerpted audio interview from 1998 with Chaplin musical associate Eric James
- Unused café sequence with new score by composer Timothy Brock, and related outtakes with narration by comedy choreographer Dan Kamin
- Newly discovered outtakes featuring the Tramp and the circus rider
- Excerpts from the original recording session for the film’s opening song, “Swing Little Girl”
- Footage of the film’s 1928 Hollywood premiere
- Rerelease trailers
- PLUS: An essay by critic Pamela Hutchinson