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<<< June 17 - 27, 2010 >>>

Cine Lights: Charlie Chaplin on the Big Screen

 

This series is an Aero Theatre Exclusive & the Premiere of these Brand New Prints in Los Angeles!

 

"Life is a tragedy when seen in close-up, and a comedy in long-shot."- Charlie Chaplin

"His name is enshrined among the greatest geniuses of film. The French have a movie magazine titled simply ‘-Charlie-’." - Roger Ebert

"I think we are rather indebted to Charlie Chaplin for the idea. We wanted something appealing, and we thought of a tiny bit of a mouse that would have something of the wistfulness of Chaplin - a little fellow trying to do the best he could." - Walt Disney, on Charlie Chaplin being the inspiration for the character Mickey Mouse.

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"The cinema IS Chaplin." - Vachel Lindsay

"I remain just one thing, and one thing only, and that is a clown. It places me on a far higher plane than any politician."- Charlie Chaplin

Everybody knows Chaplin’s iconic Tramp – the little fellow with the bowler hat and the oversized shoes. But how well do we know Chaplin’s films? The Tramp’s status as a beloved American icon can too easily overshadow the real achievements of Charles Chaplin (1889 – 1977), achievements that in many ways ran counter to the American mainstream. The Tramp character, first seen onscreen in 1914, was importantly an outsider, a tweaker of the established order. Throughout his career, Chaplin managed to combine Victorian sentiment with sharp social critique. His empathy for the poor and downtrodden, rooted in the acute hardships of his own London childhood, continued even through the years of his extraordinary financial success. Such masterpieces as THE KID, THE GOLD RUSH, MODERN TIMES, CITY LIGHTS and THE GREAT DICTATOR exemplify Chaplin’s status as an extraordinary performer and a complex artist, a maker of films that were and still are poignant, funny and deeply relevant.

For many years, Chaplin films had no distribution in the United States. Now, thanks to Janus Films, brand new prints have been made available from the French restorations. We invite you to experience the films of Charlie Chaplin as they should be seen: on the big screen, in the community of an audience.

Please join us for a weekend retrospective of Charlie Chaplin’s timeless masterworks, which also includes screenings of THE CIRCUS, LIMELIGHT, A WOMAN OF PARIS, A KING IN NEW YORK, THE PILGRIM and early Chaplin shorts such as "A Dog's Life," "The Idle Class" and "Pay Day"!

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Thursday, June 17 – 7:30 PM

New 35 mm Print! "The Idle Class," (1921, Janus Films, 32 min). The Tramp arrives at a luxurious resort, stowed away in the train that takes the elite to their sunny summer playground. New 35 mm Print! "Sunnyside," (1919, Janus Films, 29 min). Charlie the handyman must mow the floor of a hotel and deal with the pesky cows and goats that have found a home in the church.

New 35 mm Print! THE CIRCUS, 1928, Janus Films, 71 min. Dir. Charlie Chaplin. The Little Tramp goes from being a circus loiterer who steals hotdogs from babies to an accidental clown in this delightful riot by comedic genius Charlie Chaplin. Don't be fooled by the freewheeling slapstick throughout - the final shot evokes the heart-tugging yet adorable melancholia that makes the Tramp one of cinema's most enduring characters. Buy Tickets

 

 

Friday, June 18 – 7:30 PM

Double Feature: New 35 mm Print! CITY LIGHTS, 1931, Janus Films, 83 min. Dir. Charlie Chaplin. Perhaps Chaplin's best blend of comedy, pathos and class critique, this portrayal of the Tramp's well-intended efforts to help a lovely, blind flower seller is one of the great classics from the director's oeuvre. Trailer | Buy Tickets

New 35 mm Print! A WOMAN OF PARIS, 1923, Janus Films, 78 min. One of the rare Chaplin films not starring Chaplin, this romantic drama stars Edna Purviance as a woman who bounces back and forth between the security of a wealthy lover (played by the great Adolphe Menjou) and the passion of a poor artist. Trailer | Buy Tickets

 

 

Saturday, June 19 – 7:30 PM

New 35 mm Print! THE GOLD RUSH, 1925, Janus Films, 72 min. Coming off his first major financial failure, A WOMAN OF PARIS, writer-director Charlie Chaplin responded with what many consider his finest feature length film. The Lone Prospector (Chaplin) travels to the far-off Yukon in search of gold, but ends up falling in love with dance-hall girl Georgia Hale. The classic "dance of the dinner rolls" and "boiled shoe leather" scenes show Chaplin’s gift for poignant comedy at its very best. Plus New 35 mm Print! "A Dog's Life," (1918, Janus Films, 40 min). A literal expression of Chaplin's identification with the underdog. New 35 mm Print! "A Day's Pleasure," (1919, Janus Films, 25 min). A family boat outing is complicated by tumultuous waves, traffic and a pool of tar. New 35 mm Print! "Shoulder Arms," (1918, Janus Films, 46 min). The comedy of self-preservation and patriotic fantasy comes to a head when the Tramp finds himself in World War I. Buy Tickets

 

 

Sunday, June 20 – 3:00 PM

Celebrate Father’s Day with Chaplin! New 35 mm Print! THE KID, 1921, Janus Films, 60 min. In perhaps his greatest film masterpiece, Charlie Chaplin’s Tramp, following his paternal instincts, takes a hapless, orphaned baby - "the Kid" - under his wing. Five years pass, and the tyke is now a precocious little boy (Jackie Coogan), helping his foster dad, the Tramp, in his "window glass replacement" scam. But a confluence of events, including the Kid’s sudden illness, conspire to separate the two. Trailer

Plus New 35 mm Print! "A Dog's Life," (1918, Janus Films, 40 min). A literal expression of Chaplin's identification with the underdog. Buy Tickets

 

 

 

Wednesday, June 23 – 7:30 PM

New 35 mm Print! "Pay Day," (1922, 28 min) Chaplin as a construction worker celebrates pay day by going to the bar - and trouble erupts.

New 35 mm Print! LIMELIGHT, 1952, Janus Films, 137 min. Dir. Charlie Chaplin. In this nostalgic but never maudlin swan song, Chaplin channels the riotous music-hall culture of his youth. An intensely personal film complete with recollections of his parents as well as his children in cameo roles, LIMELIGHT also features the one-time-only onscreen pairing of Chaplin and Buster Keaton. Trailer | Buy Tickets

 

 

Thursday, June 24 – 7:30 PM

Double Feature: New 35 mm Print! MODERN TIMES, 1936, Janus Films, 87 min. Charlie Chaplin directs and plays the Tramp in this brilliantly inventive critique of industrial advancement. When the Tramp begins to take on one too many characteristics of the massive machinery that surrounds him, the powers-that-be are made nervous by such anti-social behavior and suspect him of being a communist.

New 35 mm Print! A KING IN NEW YORK, 1957, Janus Films, 110 min. Charlie Chaplin's take on America in the 1950s, made during his exile from the country due to his leftist views, stars Chaplin as a peaceable king who runs afoul of the House Un-American Activities Committee. Roberto Rossellini wisely called the work "the film of a free man." Buy Tickets

 

 

Friday, June 25 – 7:30 PM

Double Feature: New 35 mm Print! THE CIRCUS, 1928, Janus Films, 71 min. Dir. Charlie Chaplin. The Little Tramp goes from being a circus loiterer who steals hotdogs from babies to an accidental clown in this delightful riot by comedic genius Charlie Chaplin. Don't be fooled by the freewheeling slapstick throughout - the final shot evokes the heart-tugging yet adorable melancholia that makes the Tramp one of cinema's most enduring characters.

New 35 mm Print! THE GOLD RUSH, 1925, Janus Films, 72 min. Coming off his first major financial failure, A WOMAN OF PARIS, writer-director Charlie Chaplin responded with what many consider his finest feature length film. The Lone Prospector (Chaplin) travels to the far-off Yukon in search of gold, but ends up falling in love with dance-hall girl Georgia Hale. The classic "dance of the dinner rolls" and "boiled shoe leather" scenes show Chaplin’s gift for poignant comedy at its very best. Buy Tickets

 

 

Saturday, June 26 – 7:30 PM

Double Feature: New 35 mm Print! THE PILGRIM, 1923, Janus Films, 59 min. Chaplin plays an escaped convict who, upon discovering a suit of clerical clothes, makes the uniform his disguise. A smart and funny critique of religious pretense.

New 35 mm Print! THE GREAT DICTATOR, 1940, Janus Films, 125 min. Director Charlie Chaplin trades in the lovable bumbling of the Tramp for the hilarious but not-so-lovable bumbling of a strangely familiar Fascist leader in this brilliant work brimming with physical comedy and scathing political critique. "A time capsule, a timeless document and a profound work of conscience…See it with a crowd." — San-Francisco Chronicle Clip | Buy Tickets

 

 

Sunday, June 27 – 3:00 PM

Charlie Chaplin Shorts Program: New 35 mm Print! "Pay Day," (1922, 28 min) Chaplin as a construction worker celebrates pay day by going to the bar - and trouble erupts. "Sunnyside," (1919, 29 min) Charlie the handyman must mow the floor of a hotel, and deal with the pesky cows and goats who have found a home in the church. New 35 mm Print! "A Day's Pleasure," (1919, 25 min). A family boat outing is complicated by tumultuous waves, traffic and a pool of tar. New 35 mm Print! "The Idle Class," (1921, 32 min). The Tramp arrives at a luxurious resort, stowed away in the train that takes the elite to their sunny summer playground.  Buy Tickets