Simon Callow who acknowledges the two greatest Londoners, Dickens and Chaplin, as major influences on his own glittering and wide-ranging creations in performance on stage, screen and in literature – presents his personal tribute to Charlie Chaplin and introduces a selection of Chaplin’s finest onscreen short comedies.
Three Mutual masterworks, The Vagabond (1916), Easy Street (1917) and The Pawn Shop (1917 ) will be accompanied live by the European Silent Screen Virtuosi featuring Günter A. Buchwald (piano and violin), Frank Bockius (percussion) and Romano Todesco (double bass) plus special guest players.
Chaplin remembered his eighteen months at the Lone Star Studio, creating films for release by the Mutual Film Corporation, as “the happiest time of my life”. It was certainly the most creative, resulting in twelve films of staggering variety and brilliance, still fresh and funny as we celebrate their centenary.
The recent triumphant creation of the 60 million franc “Chaplin’s World” at his former home in Switzerland reaffirms Charlie Chaplin’s place not just as the most universally loved comedian in history, but as an ever more relevant commentator on human existence.
A chance to see a selection of Chaplin’s greatest shorts accompanied live by world class musicians and hosted by one of his most passionate advocates.
A unique event and a highlight of Bristol’s Slapstick Festival 2017
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