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Criterion Releases "The Circus"


On September 24th 2019, the Criterion Collection released Charlie Chaplin’s The Circus.

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.

SPECIAL FEATURES
- 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


New Double CD: Charlie Chaplin Film Music Anthology


To celebrate the 130th anniversary of Chaplin’s birth, we are excited to announce our collaboration with [PIAS] on a new double CD set of extracts from the film soundtracks in the Chaplin archives, out on April 12th 2019.

The Charlie Chaplin Film Music Anthology, compiled by the Chaplin Office, retraces many of the milestones in Chaplin’s music-composing career, from City Lights (1931), the first film he released with a score of his own creation, to the 1976 re-release of A Woman of Paris with a new score composed by Chaplin at the age of 86, not to mention extracts from Modern Times, The Great Dictator, Limelight, The Kid and more. The release includes a well-documented 20-page booklet that we scrupulously put together, illustrated with archival photographs.

Unfortunately, the record label mixed up the metadata on three of the tracks, and therefore the Pay Day and A Day’s Pleasure tracks on Disc 2 are in a different order than the one listed. The music you hear on track 63 is “Boat Ride” from A Day’s Pleasure, the music you hear on track 64 is “Jazz” from A Day’s Pleasure, and the music you hear on track 65 is “Sweet Adeline Waltz” from Pay Day. The label has corrected this for future editions, and has even suggested that due to the small mix-up, the first run of the CDs could become a collector’s item. Time will tell…

Vinyls and a limited edition box set of soundtracks with a few surprises will follow during the year.


Snap Galleries Launch


To celebrate the 130th anniversary of Charlie Chaplin’s birth, each month this year, our licensee Snap Galleries will be releasing a carefully curated collection of images from our archives.

Collectors of fine art photography will be able to purchase authorised museum-quality limited-edition Charlie Chaplin photographs, produced by hand in the darkroom by a master printer on traditional heavyweight silver gelatin paper in a range of sizes.

They launched the first set of photographs from THE KID on 16th January. Visit the Snap Galleries website for details.


New French DVD & Blu-ray Releases


Potemkine has just released new French Blu-rays and DVDs of The Kid and The Gold Rush. Fans will love these new editions with 108-page booklets full of articles, archival documents and more, plus new bonuses on the discs never before released in France, including Cineteca di Bologna’s 4K restoration of The Kid with a 2016 recording of the Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna playing Timothy Brock’s restoration of Chaplin’s score, and the 1925 silent version of The Gold Rush accompanied by the Orchestra Città Aperta playing Brock’s restoration and adaptation of Chaplin’s score.

Available on Potemkine’s website :

The Kid
Blu-ray
DVD

The Gold Rush
Blu-ray
DVD


The Great Dictator Art Print Release


PopCultArt’s second officially licensed Charlie Chaplin piece comes from the very talented oil painter Bruce Emmett for the 1940 classic “The Great Dictator” and is available starting this Friday, April 6th, at 7PM BST at www.popcultart.com

“The Great Dictator” (1940) by Bruce Emmett (Original)

  • Official print for Charlie Chaplin’s “The Great Dictator” (1940) by Bruce Emmett (Original)
  • Technique: Giclée prints on 300gsm smooth cotton paper.
  • Edition size: 45 prints
  • Print size: 16 x 24 inches
  • Manufacturer: White Duck Editions
  • Price: £50
  • Hand numbered.

“The Great Dictator” (1940) by Bruce Emmett (Variant)

  • Official print for Charlie Chaplin’s “The Great Dictator” (1940) by Bruce Emmett (Variant)
  • Technique: Giclée prints on 300gsm smooth cotton paper.
  • Edition size: 20 prints
  • Print size: 16 x 24 inches
  • Manufacturer: White Duck Editions
  • Price: £60
  • Hand numbered.

Chaplin Bundle

  • Bundle limited to 10 sets only.
  • Official Chaplin prints bundle for “The Great Dictator” (1940) by Bruce Emmett (Original) and Charlie Chaplin’s “The Circus” (1928) by Jeremy Pailler.
  • Printing method: Giclée prints on 300gsm smooth cotton paper.
  • Edition size: The Circus - 65 prints, The Great Dictator (Original) - 45 prints
  • Print size: 16 x 24 inches each
  • Manufacturer: White Duck Editions
  • Price: £90
  • Hand numbered.
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