Mon Premier Festival is a film festival in Paris for young audiences. This year, the festival is paying tribute to Chaplin with screenings of several of his films, from early silent comedies to The Great Dictator.
The Chicago International Film Festival pays tribute to Geraldine Chaplin on October 15, 2016. Known for her acclaimed performances in films like DOCTOR ZHIVAGO, NASHVILLE, and WELCOME TO L.A. among others, the daughter of Charlie Chaplin and Oona O’Neill will appear onstage at the Essanay Studios - where her father shot His New Job in 1915.
Clips from Geraldine Chaplin’s decades-spanning career will accompany a discussion with film critic and historian David Robinson, author of “Chaplin: His Life and Art”. She will also receive the Festival’s Career Achievement Award.
At the MK2 Gambetta movie theatre in Paris, Edgar Sekloka (singer, poet, writer) will perform live with other musicians and special guests, accompanying early Chaplin comedy shorts.
6 October 2016 - The Immigrant (featuring Mélissa Laveaux)
3 November 2016 - Twenty Minutes of Love and Making a Living (featuring FM Laeti)
1 December 2016 - The Vagabond (featuring TBD)
2 February 2017 - The Adventurer (featuring Lou Marco)
2 March 2017 - The Floorwalker (featuring TBD)
4 May 2017 - Dough and Dynamite (featuring Blick Bassy)
1 June 2017 - The Count (featuring TBD)
“Atelier 76” is a non-profit association which runs filmmaking workshops called “Ciné-Pousse” in primary schools in the working-class neighborhoods of Seine-St-Denis near Paris.
They are hoping to get a 20,000 euro prize from the Fondation EDF. Please help them by voting for them on the Fondation EDF’s website (click on “VOTER POUR NOTRE ASSOCIATION”, then provide an e-mail address or log in via Facebook). Thank you. Fingers crossed!
Here’s a photo taken just after the screening of Modern Times on October 1, 2016 at the Théâtre la Piscine in Châtenay-Malabry, France. Timothy Brock, who restored several Chaplin film scores, brilliantly conducted the Orchestre national d’Île de France. It was fantastic to hear the audience’s uninhibited laughter throughout the film, followed by very generous applause at the end.
If you are interested in attending a screening of one of Chaplin’s masterpieces, accompanied live by a symphonic orchestra playing Chaplin’s own score, then take a look at our regularly-updated list of live orchestral screenings worldwide. Perhaps there’s one near you!
From September 15, 2016 to January 14, 2017 in Paris’s Théâtre des Feux de La Rampe, saxophonist Paul Mancini pays tribute to Charlie Chaplin in his one-man show Charlie Chaplin sa vie, son oeuvre, in which he plays Chaplin music and talks about the artist’s life.
From September 6 to October 1, 2016 at the Médiathèque Anne Fontaine in Antony, near Paris, you can rediscover Modern Times through behind-the-scenes photos and documents from the Chaplin archives. The exhibition was created by the Chaplin office. Visit the Festival d’Île de France website for details.
Conference: Charlie Chaplin, Cinéaste Engagé
On September 24 at 4pm, the Médiathèque Anne Fontaine d’Antony is hosting a conference (in French) with Guillaume Le Blanc on Chaplin and politics. For more information, visit the Festival d’Île de France website.
Modern Times with Live Orchestra
On Saturday, October 1st, don’t miss Modern Times accompanied live by the Orchestre national d’Île de France, conducted by Timothy Brock. More details on the festival’s website.