Chap­lin Films Screen­ing in New­port

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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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