Cerrito Classics: Charlie Chaplin Selected Mutual Shorts - The Tramp Turns 100
Thu, Nov 13 7pm Only!
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2014 marks the 100th anniversary of Charlie Chaplin's first appearance as "The Little Tramp," his chaos-prone but balletically nimble underdog everyman, often unlucky, always plucky and, eventually, iconic the world over.
To celebrate the occasion, Cerrito Classics presents a selection of Chaplin's most beloved films featuring his Tramp persona in gorgeous new restorations. Our progam features four short films Chaplin made for the Mutual Film Corporation from 1916 to 1917 after signing a then-unprecedented contract for $670,000 and being given complete creative control as writer, director, producer and star. Hailed as the cinema's first genius, Charlie Chaplin set the standard for silent screen comedy as a performer, writer and director. The iconic Little Tramp, his signature screen persona of the silent era, remains such an enduring figure that even today he is recognizable by just his silhouette. This brilliant comedian was, for a time, the single most popular entertainer on the planet, celebrated the world over, connecting with audiences in the universal language of silent screen comedy.
One of Chaplin's most celebrated and surreal shorts, including the famous "sick" alarm clock gag. DIR/SCR/PROD Charles Chaplin. US, 1916, b&w
Charlie Chaplin skates circles around his antagonists, figuratively, waiting tables in a swanky restaurant, and literally, at the rink next door, in one of his best-loved two-reelers. DIR/SCR/PROD Charles Chaplin. US, 1916, b&w
One of Chaplin's signature works, praised by fellow filmmakers the world over, including Elia Kazan, Francis Ford Coppola, Ousmane Sembene and Satyajit Ray. DIR/SCR/PROD Charles Chaplin. US, 1917, b&w
After a daring escape from prison, the Tramp saves Edna Purviance and her mother from drowning, and is taken into their home. But Edna's jealous suitor Eric Campbell does his darnedest to have him removed. DIR/SCR/PROD Charles Chaplin. US, 1917, b&w
Chaplin's Mutual Films have been restored by Lobster Films and Cineteca di Bologna, in collaboration with Film Preservation Associates and Association Chaplin. Program copy and images courtesy of AFI Silver Theatre and Film Forum.