The resources in this file are for educational purposes only. They may not be used commercially.
Please be creative with them! Kids can use the images of Chaplin to create their own Chaplin movie posters, for example. They can also create their own flip-books using material from the original press book of the 1940 release of The Great Dictator, or make cutout paper dolls from the 1936 Modern Times press book.
If you have any questions, or if you’d like to share any of your classroom’s Chaplin creations with us, please don’t hesitate to e-mail us at: email@example.com
Screening Chaplin films in schools
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. For the rights to screen one of these films in your school, please contact:
MK2 for France.
Anne-Laure Barbarit - firstname.lastname@example.org
PARK CIRCUS for the UK.
Nick Varley - email@example.com
CRITERION for the USA.
Sarah Finklea - firstname.lastname@example.org
Or contact us at email@example.com for your country, if not listed above.
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.
David Shepard, of Film Preservation Associates in California, has the best quality restorations of Chaplin's 1915 - 1917 films that we know of. His email address is DShepFilm@aol.com. His associate in Europe, Serge Bromberg of Lobster Films, firstname.lastname@example.org would also be able to license the footage to you.
Lobster is also in charge of clips from the Keystone (1914) restoration project by the BFI, Cineteca di Bologna, and Lobster. Chaplin did not compose music for the films he made before 1918. These can be accompanied by piano, organ or any other instruments playing the music of your choice.
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Charlie Chaplin was a star
And also a great director
He always wobbles
And blows bubbles
He was a famous actor
Charlie Chaplin's best film was "The Kid"
He was a tramp
He was very funny
And got a lot of money
Charlie wore a hat
He had baggy trousers
His moustache looked like a grizzly bear
I am a massive fan
He was always hit with a frying pan
The comedian went on stage at five
He was more than alive
Died with style on a beautiful day
On Christmas Day
Written by Kieran, Year 5
St Peter's C of E primary School