Chaplin Films Screening in Newport
Now Playing Newport would like to invite you to a very special program on Sunday, February 1st at 4 pm in St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Newport. In 1914, Charles Chaplin appeared for the first time in a costume which, over a hundred years later, is instantly recognizable. During his long life and career, Chaplin famously enjoyed the prestige and wealth that came with his filmic accomplishments (notably, co-founding the United Artists studio along with fellow Hollywood luminaries Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks and D. W. Griffith.
Hailed as the cinema’s first genius, Chaplin set the standard for silent screen comedy as a performer, writer and director. Starting with his features, he began composing his own music scores.
This is a rare chance to see three early short comedies made during the period Chaplin called “the happiest period of my career.” Bradleigh Stockwell - local filmmaker and silent film enthusiast - will be introducing these films to Newport. Join us to see why, 100 years later, Chaplin is still considered one of the most important (and funniest) people to ever appear on film and hear the great music composed for silent these three films on a 9 foot screen.
THE FIREMAN (1916) A young girl’s father (Bacon) arranges with the local fire chief (Campbell) to have his house burn down so he could collect on the insurance money. However, a real fire breaks out elsewhere in the town. The firemen ignore an inhabitant of the burning building as he tries to alert them to the fire, first by activating the fire alarm, then by phoning the fire station, and then by going to the fire station in person. Eventually, a fireman (Chaplin) alerts the fire chief and the fire company goes to put out the fire. The father than realizes that his daughter is still in his own burning building, and the same heroic fireman climbs the outside of the building to save her.
Released in 1916, THE VAGABOND begins with Charlie, the Tramp, arriving at a bar, playing on a violin to raise money and exciting rivalry with competing musicians - which results in a bar room brawl and comic mayhem. Wandering off into the vicinity of a gypsy caravan, in the country, he encounters the beautiful, though bedraggled, Edna and entertains her with his violin. She has been abducted and abused by the gypsies, chief among them Eric Campbell, who whips her mercilessly. Charlie comes to her rescue and knocks her tormentors on the head with a stick, before riding off with her in a commandeered cart. The intimacy which develops between them, as Charlie washes her face in a bowl and combs her hair, is complicated by the arrival of an artist love rival and her parents. Driving off with the latter, Edna suddenly realizes that her heart belongs to Charlie and orders the car to reverse and take him along with her
In a slum called EASY STREET, the police are failing to maintain law and order and so the Little Tramp character (Chaplin), steps forward (rather to rid the street of bullies, help the poor, save women from madmen. The Little Tramp is sleeping rough
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