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Chaplin Project / Cineteca di Bologna

Examples of archival documents scanned by the Cineteca di Bologna
Examples of archival documents scanned by the Cineteca di Bologna

The Chaplin studios’ and personal archives have been scanned by the Cineteca di Bologna in Italy, who to our great joy found sponsoring from The Fondazione Cassa di Risparnio in Bologna to set up a “Chaplin Project”.

The entire catalogue of the archives, with some reproductions of documents, is available online: www.charliechaplinarchive.org

The main task of the Chaplin Project is to preserve the paper and photographic archive left by the filmmaker but also to foster and encourage a permanent research activity on Charlie Chaplin and to establish the premises for a fertile ground where students, researchers and cinéphiles can meet and exchange ideas.

Full consultation of the entire database is possible at the Cineteca di Bologna’s library, or on special request to Roy Export. The original documents have been deposited in a special climate controlled space at the municipal archives of Montreux in Switzerland, near Chaplin’s old home.

Footlights / The World of Limelight, published by the Cineteca di Bologna
Footlights / The World of Limelight, published by the Cineteca di Bologna

As part of the Chaplin Project, the Cineteca di Bologna has also worked on restoring Chaplin’s films and publishing books, such as Footlights / The World of Limelight.

Besides digitising and cataloguing of the filmmaker’s paper archives, Cineteca has also undertaken the complete restoration of Chaplin’s works.


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