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Arc Cinema Finds Cure For Chaplinitis

CALLS FOR ENTRY: The National Film and Sound Archive of Australia’s (NFSA) Arc cinema program will thank Canberrans for their support with a special tribute to the greatest of all movie stars, Charlie Chaplin, on Saturday 30 August.

2014 marks the 100th anniversary of Chaplin’s first appearance as his iconic character The Tramp, in the Keystone Film, Kid Auto Races at Venice, Cal.

To celebrate this milestone Arc presents Chaplinitis, a day of Chaplin-related fun for kids and adults alike. Enjoy live music accompaniment, documentaries, a discussion panel with international experts, and a selection of his early classics and rarities - all beautifully restored.

At 1.30pm, our day of Chaplinitis begins with a special spArc session for families. Mauro Colombis will accompany the film considered Chaplin's first masterpiece, The New Janitor, and his classic The Floorwalker. Plus the delightful 1919 film A Dog’s Life will screen with Chaplin’s own symphonic score.

Throughout the day, great documentaries on Chaplin will screen free in the NFSA Theatrette, including the acclaimed TV series The Unknown Chaplin.

At 5pm, international experts will celebrate Chaplin's legacy, in a free discussion panel:

Via Skype from London, celebrated silent film historian and Chaplin scholar David Robinson will talk about The Tramp, 100 years on.

From Italy, archivist and head of the Chaplin archive at the Cineteca di Bologna, Cecilia Cenciarelli, joins us to discuss her involvement in an international restoration project that also included The British Film Institute and Lobster Films in Paris.

Plus Australian filmmaker Kathryn Millard will celebrate the tradition of Chaplin impersonators - which began as early as the first months of his success and continues around the world to this day.

Finally, at 7:30pm, Chaplinitis hits fever pitch with a screening of early Chaplin classics and rarities, accompanied by five very distinctive musical approaches:

D'Opus and Roshambo will be joined by MC Hau Latukefu of Triple J’s Hip Hop Show for a set to accompany Chaplin’s 1916 solo tour de force 1AM.

Luke Sweeting’s Gypsy Manouche will honour the bitter, then very sweet 1917 film, The Immigrant.

Piano/violin duo Joshua McHugh and Hayley Bullock will be joined by members of The Trumpet Club for Chaplin’s 1916 romantic musical romp The Vagabond.

Mauro Colombis will accompany The Adventurer and some of Chaplin’s earliest one reel classics.

The fractured sounds of Shoeb Ahmad and the Silver Spine Quartet will come to terms with an early, very cheeky Chaplin oddity, The Masquerader from 1914; were we get to see both Chaplin’s on and off-screen personas – and also how good he could look in a skirt!

CHAPLINITIS at Arc Cinema, Saturday 30 August 2014

Throughout the day: Chaplin documentaries (free)

1:30pm Family spArc screening ($10/8)

5pm Panel: Chaplin's legacy (free)

7:30pm: Main screening ($35/$25, includes glass of champagne on arrival)

Concession rate for current Arc Max Pass holders.

Bookings: (02) 6248 2000


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