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“Charlie Chaplin Days with the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum”:

Evening Screening of “The Kid”:/en/articles/3 *

Bologna in Pictures !

The Chaplin in Pictures exhibition opened in its new venue in Bologna, Italy, on Saturday June 1st. This is the first time that an exhibition has been held in Bologna’s newly restored Sala Borsa, and it was opened with great pomp and circumstance by the Mayor.

Nino Comba has done a wonderful job installing Sam Stourdzé’s exhibition into the gallery running around the main hall. He has also created fun Chaplin boards outside the hall in the Piazza Maggiore, with solar powered lights so they are lit at night.

The Cineteca di Bologna has added to the original exhibition – which now contains photos from the set of A Countess of Hong Kong by Sophia Loren’s photographer Tazio Secchiaroli, a series of original drawings for the set of “The Great Dictator”:/en/articles/13 and a section of audiovisual documents about Chaplin’s reception in Italy, including an interview with Federico Fellini.

A special Chaplin/Bologna tote bag, postcards, posters and books are for sale in the Sala Borsa, including a new Italian version of the exhibition catalogue.

Donations to the Chaplin Archives May 2007

Association Chaplin would like to thank Tracey McIntire and Nancy Marie Cassady for their incredible generosity in donating their lifetime Chaplin collections to the Chaplin archive.

Some of the more precious objects will be exhibited in the Paris office, others will be put in storage in Switzerland until the Chaplin museum opens. Hopefully the museum curators will be able to incorporate part of these collections into the merchandising section.

We are very touched by Tracey and Nancy’s kindness.

Chapliniana in Bologna

From June 1st through October 30th 2007 The Cineteca di Bologna in Italy will present “Chapliniana”

The exhibition “Chaplin e l’Immagine”:/en/infos/7 (“Chaplin in pictures” in english) will be presented in Sala Borsa, Bologna.

“Live orchestral screenings”:/en/articles/131 of “The Chaplin Revue”:/en/articles/2, “City Lights”:/en/articles/4, “The Kid”:/en/articles/3 “Modern Times”:/en/articles/6, “The Gold Rush”:/en/articles/5, “The Circus”:/en/articles/1 and “A Woman of Paris”:/en/articles/10 will be performed in Piazza Maggiore and the Teatro Communale during the summer evenings.

The majority of Chaplin’s films will be also projected during this period, particulary during the film festival June 30-July 2007.

Activities for schools and summer camps will be organised all the summer.

“Click”: here for details

Interesting article in the Guardian archives

Here’s “a short article”:,,0105162,00.html from ‘the Guardian’ archives(1952) on a few reasons America harassed Charlie Chaplin since the beginning of his career (~ 1917): scandals, moral critics, refusal of American citizenship, social & political criticism etc., topped with his perceived immense influence

Shoulder Arms live performance

First ever performance of Timothy Brock’s reduction of Chaplin’s score for “Shoulder Arms, with Kyoto Symphony” April 1st 2007, conducted by Saito Ichiro.

The Kyoto Chaplin conference II

h3. The Kyoto Silent film Festival 2007

The “Chaplin Society of Japan”: will host the 2nd Kyoto Chaplin Conference from 24-25 March, 2006 and the 1st Kyoto Silent film Festival from 24 March to 1 April, 2007.

The main theme of the conference - and a featured section of the festival - will be “Chaplin and War”. Chaplin felt himself engaged not only in the First World War of 1914-18 and the Second World of 1939-45,but also in the Cold War of the 1950s. The relevance of his comic reflections upon a tragic world loses none of its force with time:”The Great Dictator”:/articles/13 attracted fresh attention in the new century and the era of the Iraq war.The conference will present new information and materials for the understanding of Chaplin’s relationship with war.

The festival will also feature an exhibition of more than one hundred set designs for “Modern Times”:/articles/6, “The Great Dictator”:/articles/13 and “Monsieur Verdoux”:/articles/8 drawn from the collection of David Robinson, and shown in public for the first time.

The 2nd Chaplin Conference promises much new information for even the most knowledgeable Chaplin experts. We are actively soliciting papers which emphasize the theme of Chaplin and War, but we also welcome papers on any aspect of Chaplin’s life and work. Proposals, with a brief outline of the paper, should be submitted by 15 February 2007.

We are planning to screen the restored version of SHOULDER ARMS accompanied by the Kyoto Symphony Orchestra, along with films about war by other artists, including King Vidor’s masterpiece, THE BIG PARADE (restored version) and Japanese war documentaries. The programme will include a newly discovered fragment of film of the infant Chaplin’s comic inspiration, the Spanish clown Marceline. The principal retrospectives are dedicated to the director D.W.Griffith, the actor Sessue Hayakawa, and Japanese silent film comedians

Directors: Ono Hiroyuki and David Robinson

  • +Contact Information+ :
    Ono Hiroyuki
    The Chaplin Society of Japan
    Tel/Fax +81-(0)75-755-6327