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New exhibition: The Great Dictator, 80 years on

On the 80th anniversary year of the release of The Great Dictator we are privileged to present the new exhibition, Story of a small fish in a shark infested ocean - Charlie Chaplin, The Great Dictator 80 years on, co-produced by Les Rencontres d’Arles, Roy Export S.A.S, L’Institut pour la Photographie, Lille and Chaplin’s World, and curated by Kate Guyonvarch, Sam Stourdzé, Mathilde Thibault-Starzyk.

A selection of hitherto unseen photographs taken on set by Dan James, including the candid shot above of Chaplin and Reginald Gardiner, are a major part of this exhibition. Assistant Director on the film, James was a vital part of the production, working with Chaplin throughout 1938-1940, taking notes to dictation of storylines, ideas and dialogue and even directing some scenes.

The exhibition is being presented for the first time at the Institut pour la Photographie in Lille, from September 10th to November 15th 2020, and it will be at Chaplin’s World in Switzerland next year. Les Rencontres d’Arles 2020 were sadly unable to present the exhibition as planned this summer due to COVID-19.

More information on the Lille exhibition at the Institut pour la Photographie’s website.

To learn more about Dan James, read this newly published article on our website.

New Limited Edition Vinyl: The Great Dictator Soundtrack Album

Continuing our collaboration with [PIAS], it is our great pleasure to announce the release on 26th June of a remastered, deluxe limited-edition vinyl of the soundtrack to The Great Dictator to celebrate the film’s 80th anniversary. The record includes many hitherto unpublished recordings, and is accompanied by a 24-page large-format booklet with rare texts and photos. This special edition will delight Chaplin lovers as much as collectors of high quality vinyl records. Pre-order today on PIAS’s online shop!

Lady Gaga performs "Smile" - One World: Together At Home

Lady Gaga kicked off the “One World: Together at Home” telecast with a solo piano rendition of “Smile,” composed by Charlie Chaplin. The concert, produced by Global Citizen and curated by Lady Gaga, raised $127.9 million for COVID-19 relief.