Charlie Chaplin's 103rd Anniversary

Past Event

Sunday, 12 February 2017 - 2pm to 3:30pm

Charlie Chaplin Anniversary 103 Years in film 1914-2017

with live music

The Festival celebrates Charlie Chaplin’s start in film 103 years ago: 1914-2017

The Silent Film Festival and the State Library of NSW are proud to present  Australian premieres of digital restorations of three of Charlie’s classic silent short comedies.

Charlie’s genius captivated and enchanted audiences around the world within a very short period of time. That relationship has never ended. The whole world claims Charlie as its own: the qualities in his roles as director, actor and composer are timeless and universal.

The Cure (1917)    

In The Cure Chaplin again plays a wealthy drunkard who visits a popular sanatorium. He is asked to drink plenty of mineral water, but he prefers the expensive booze he has stashed in his suitcases. One of the sanatorium's guests, a big businessman with a foot cast, becomes seriously annoyed with the drunkard.

The Immigrant (1917) 

A sentimental and sweet story about migrants who meet on the boat where various events already unfold.  Poor and hungry in the new country, Charlie meets the girl from the boat again and they try to enjoy a simple meal in a restaurant together.  The bad-tempered waiter makes things difficult for the couple.  

The Adventurer (1917)

Chaplin is on the run from bungling policemen, and among other things quickly dons a large lamp shade and is overlooked by his chasers who mistake him for a standing lamp!  On top of this, Charlie  has to avoid the big and ugly bully  while trying to impress the girl.

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