Screenings with Live Orchestra
The Chaplin films owned by Roy Export, all those made by Chaplin from 1918 onwards (except A Countess from Hong Kong), may only be accompanied by Chaplin’s full symphonic score, either played live by an orchestra or on the film’s actual soundtrack. The films made by Chaplin before 1918 for Keystone, Essanay and Mutual are in public domain, so there is no copyright for the films themselves. However, different people or companies may have copyright in and to any image restoration they have carried out on the films, or in and to the music put on a particular video or DVD to accompany the films. Therefore, you cannot just screen from a DVD that you buy in a shop because it may contain such copyright material.
Enquiries Concerning Live Orchestral Screenings in Germnay
For live orchestral screenings in Germany, contact Die Film Philharmonie.
Enquiries Concerning Live Orchestral Screenings in German-speaking Switzerland
For live orchestral screenings in German-speaking Switzerland, please contact Brothers & Sisters GmbH.
Enquiries Concerning Live Orchestral Screenings in Italy
For live orchestral screenings in Italy, please contact MAMUSIC.
To licence the use of Chaplin’s music, please contact our music publishers:
5 West 37th Street
New York 10018
Phone: 212 391 4300
Fax: 212 391 4306
The following perusal scores are now available on Bourne’s website (scroll down the list until you get to “WORKS ON RENTAL, Orchestra”, where you will find the Chaplin titles in the alphabetical list.) :
City Lights - Modern Times - The Circus - The Gold Rush (full and reduced scores) - The Idle Class - The Kid (full and reduced scores) – A Dog’s Life (reduced score) – Shoulder Arms (full and reduced scores).