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Take part in our competition !

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From Lucille Ball to Brigitte Bardot…from Billy West to Robert Downey Jr and France’s Gad Elmaleh… children who love his films or his walk: people have often dressed up as The Little Tramp.

To mark the new design of our website and the 30th anniversary of Chaplin’s death, we thought it could be fun to launch a “competition for the best picture of someone dressed as Chaplin”:/uassets. We don’t mean professional look-alikes, but you, your children, your grandmother!

Almost 90 years ago, Mary Thurman (actress) had the chance to wear the real costume of The Little Tramp…

“Subscribe”:/users/new or if you’ve already signed up, “login”:/sessions/new, it entitles you to upload your images and/or to vote since users of the site are the only judges of the competition

The competition is over

Here’s a list of the prizes:


  • *Prize n°1:
    The Chaplin DVD collection by MK2 - 10 films
  • “Chaplin in Pictures book”:/en/articles/54
  • Chaplin Mutual Comedies (DVD zone 2: Only for US residents)
  • “Chaplin figurine and vinyls by French designers Leblon Delienne.”:/en/articles/97*
  • “Musical greetings cards Music from Modern Times”:/en/articles/98


  • *Prize n°2:
    “Chaplin in Pictures book”:/en/articles/54
  • Chaplin Mutual Comedies (DVD zone 2: Only for US residents)
  • SilvaScreen CD of Carl Davis’s restoration of the original 1931 “City Lights”:/en/articles/119
  • “Chaplin figurine and vinyls by french designers Leblon Delienne.”:/en/articles/97*


  • Prize n°3:
    Chaplin tee shirts & “tins”:/en/articles/41


  • Prize n°4:
    Chaplin Movie Icons collection “book by Taschen”:/en/articles/38

Silent Comedy

[…]_ “The tiresomely idiotic debate on Keaton versus Chaplin is, in my experience, overwhelmingly used by proponents of Buster to attempt to rubbish Charlie…” It’s an appealing mind-set for some people, who say: “We’ve all heard that Charlie Chaplin was meant to be the greatest comedian in the world, but my preference for Buster keaton demonstrates my ability to think for myself. Chaplin was overly sentimental, but Keaton’s coolness and cynical eye chime exactly with our “Modern Times” Well, the good news is that they are both fantastic. There’s no need to choose between them. Enjoy them both ! That’s one of the main aims of my book. I shall examine the films of Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton, not in isolation, as has been the usual practice, but showing how they influenced each other in a creative rivalry that also featured Harold Lloyd (the man hanging off the clock). This rivalry and desire to make better and better comedies ensured a stream of high-quality pictures. Great works of art were created.”_

Starting with the very earliest pioneering short films, Paul traces the evolution of silent comedy through the 1900s and considers the lives and works of the genre’s greatest exponents - Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin, Laurel and Hardy and Harold Lloyd - showing not only how each developed in the course of his career but also the extent to which they influenced each other.

At the same time, he brings a comedian’s insight to bear on the art of making people laugh, and explores just how the great comic ideas, routines, gags and pratfalls worked and evolved. His first book for ten years, this richly illustrated history of silent comedy is destined to be a classic in its own right.

“Purchase the book online”:

City Lights: New book

Based on extensive archival research of Chaplin’s production records, Charles Maland’s “City Lights”:/en/articles/4 offers a careful history of the film’s production and reception, as well as a close examination of the film itself, with special attention to the sources of the final scene’s emotional power.

Charles Maland is Professor of Cinema Studies, American Studies and English at the University of Tennessee.

“About the book”:

Silly pictures

To encourage all you Chaplin fans out there to don your bowler hats and get out your eyeliner, please check silly pictures of the Chaplin Association staff.



Have a look at all the pictures !

“See Kate’s photos..”:

“See Charly’s photos…“:

“See Claire’s photos…“:

Charlie Chaplin complete Mutuals concerts

It will be the first ever opportunity to see all twelve of the restored and remastered Mutuals along with scores composed and conducted by Carl Davis.

These magnificient short films made by Charlie Chaplin for the Mutual Film Company between 1916 and 1917 will be screened at Cadogan Hall just as they were originally shown to the public in the early days of cinema. Carl Davis’s new scores will be performed live by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Four nights wednesday 15 to Saturday 18 August 2007 7.30 PM
“Book online”:

Cadogan Hall
Sloane terrace
London SW1X 9DQ
Box office: 020 7730 4500

A limited edition print

The company Cult Prints in collaboration with the Charlie Chaplin biographer; David Robinson, has obtained exclusive access to a reproduction of a rare image of Charlie Chaplin from c.1920 which will soon be released as a museum-quality, limited edition print.

“Read more about this limited edition Charlie Chaplin print here”: