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Charlie Chaplin For Christmas

Written by: FFT Webmaster | December 19th, 2011

The Christmas Holidays is as good a time as any to rediscover the sublime comic gifts of silent screen comedian Charlie Chaplin. New York’s Film Forum unwraps a special gift of classic clowning and pathos with a newly restored version of THE GOLD RUSH (1925), Chaplin’s serio-comic toast to the spirit of the old American West. A restored 35mm print with a newly recorded orchestral score of Chaplin’s own music will be presented from December 23 to 29. Long available theatrically only in Chaplin’s 1942 reissue version, which he re-edited and narrated, this is his complete 1925 silent original — its finale is subtly and unsettlingly different — with a newly-recorded orchestral score of Chaplin’s own music arranged and conducted by Timothy Brock. His greatest hit and arguably his masterpiece, with more great Chaplin moments than any other, including one of the greatest dance sequences in film history — albeit done with dinner rolls. If you are in New York for Christmas Week, and looking for something to take the kids to, this is the ticket. For more information, visit: www.filmforum.org

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