We are thrilled to announce the new French edition of Chaplin’s MY AUTOBIOGRAPHY published by the Éditions Robert Laffont with a portrait by Nickolas Muray of Chaplin looking quite dashing on the cover.
A fantastic new temporary exhibition at Chaplin’s World, “THE FREAK – THE STORY OF A FILM”, curated by Cecilia Cenciarelli & Elena Correra of the Cineteca di Bologna, will open to the public on February 11 and will run until September 24, 2023.
Charles Chaplin’s THE FREAK has been unwittingly misrepresented for half a century. It has long been considered a script on which he laboured dedicatedly and persistently for the last decade of his life and which only time and age finally prevented from realisation. It was not quite like this. In 2016, the Chaplin Office acquired some of Jerry Epstein’s personal and professional archive. A close friend of the family since the 1940s, Epstein was Chaplin’s assistant on LIMELIGHT (1952) and producer of both A KING IN NEW YORK (1957) and A COUNTESS FROM HONG KONG (1967). The revelations of this new, priceless acquisition are brought to light in this new exhibition…
Italian paper engineer and pop-up book artist, Massimo Missiroli, has designed a 2023 Charlie Chaplin desktop calendar, available to all, free of charge, to print and assemble at home. The calendar design includes QR codes to classic Chaplin film clips.
More good news for Chaplin fans in the UK. The Criterion Collection is releasing CITY LIGHTS on blu-ray on December 12, 2022.
The writer-director-star achieved new levels of grace, in both physical comedy and dramatic poignancy, with this silent tale of a lovable vagrant falling for a young blind woman who sells flowers on the street (a magical VIRGINIA CHERRILL) and mistakes him for a millionaire. Though this Depression-era smash was made after the advent of sound, Chaplin remained steadfast in his love for the expressive beauty of the pre-talkie form. The result was the epitome of his art and the crowning achievement of silent comedy.
The Criterion Collection is releasing THE GREAT DICTATOR on blu-ray in the UK on 26 September 2022.
UK residents can try to win a blu-ray from Silent London, or can pre-order a copy of The Great Dictator from Criterion Collection here.
Special edition features include:
• Audio commentary by Charlie Chaplin historians Dan Kamin and Hooman Mehran
• The Tramp and the Dictator (2001), documentary
• Visual essays by Chaplin archivist Cecilia Cenciarelli and Chaplin biographer Jeffrey Vance
• On-set, colour production footage shot by Chaplin’s half-brother, Sydney
• Deleted scene from Chaplin’s 1919 film Sunnyside
• Theatrical trailer
• Booklet featuring an essay by film critic Michael Wood and a 1940 article by Chaplin on the film
From 18 March to 25 September 2022, Chaplin’s World will pay homage to Chaplin’s first feature-length work as a director, The Kid, with a new exhibition created by Yves Durand and produced by the Charlie Chaplin Museum Foundation. Through the lens of Chaplin’s own childhood, it will give kids and adults alike a chance to discover Chaplin’s life journey, from London slums to worldwide fame.