Tuesday, December 17, 2013
2014 marks the centenary of Charlie Chaplin's start in the filmaking business. To kick things off, the San Francisco Silent Film Festival is spending January 11, 2014 screening some Chaplin films to celebrate. It's at the Castro and you can buy a pass for the day here.
Here's the program:
January 11, 2014 at 1:00 PM
Accompanied by Jon Mirsalis on piano
Three shorts Chaplin made at the Mutual Film Corporation his happpiest and most creative period. The Vagabond (1916, with Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Eric Campbell) Charlie is a musician who rescues a girl from a band of gypsies.
The Cure (1917, with Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Eric Campbell, Henry Bergman) An inebriated Charlie checks into a sanitarium to take the cure, but brings a cabinet of liquor with him.
Easy Street (1917, with Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Eric Campbell) Chaplin blends comedy and social commentary in this film that sees his character go from tramp to police constable.
January 11, 2014 at 4:00 PM
Accompanied by San Francisco Chamber Orchestra with Timothy Brock conducting Chaplin’s score
Cast Charles Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Jackie Coogan, Carl Miller Written by Charles Chaplin
Chaplin’s Little Tramp becomes a surrogate father to an abandoned child—the wonderful child actor Jackie Coogan—in this eloquent marriage of comedy and sentiment. Probably his most personal film—Chaplin himself was placed in a home for destitute children at age seven—The Kid is considered by many to be his most perfect. Plus: We celebrate the centennial of Chaplin’s Little Tramp character with Kid Auto Races at Venice (1914) The first appearance of Chaplin’s Tramp character set the stage for Charlie’s ascendency as a star! And Kid Auto Races is the very funniest of the Keystone films! Approximately 70 minutes total
The films will be introduced by Jeffrey Vance.
Preceding The Kid, there will be Charlie Chaplin Look-Alike contest. Come dressed as the Little Tramp and win a prize!
January 11, 2014 at 7:30 PM
Accompanied by San Francisco Chamber Orchestra with Timothy Brock conducting Chaplin’s score.
The Gold Rush 1925
Cast Charles Chaplin, Mack Swain, Tom Murray, Henry Bergman, Malcolm Waite, Georgia Hale Written by Charles Chaplin
Inspired by images of the 1896 Klondike gold rush and the Donner Party disaster of 1846 (in which snowbound immigrants resorted to eating their shoes—and their dead companions—to survive), Chaplin manages to turn stories of cold, hunger, and loneliness into a sublime comedy. The Little Tramp becomes a prospector who sets out for the Klondike to strike it rich, battling starvation, bears, and other prospectors along the way. The Gold Rush contains some of the most iconic images in cinema, including the famous scene in which Charlie makes a gourmet feast of his boot! Georgia Hale plays the beautiful dance hall entertainer who steals Charlie’s heart.
Approximately 80 minutes
The film will be introduced by Jeffrey Vance.
I'll be there, hope you will be too!