Charlie Chaplin and the Sound of Silence

Charlie Chaplin and Cello

    I thought it would be fun to explore Chaplin’s fascinating love/hate relationship with a little thing called … sound. Chaplin may have been the one filmmaker to hold out the longest against sound, but he also happened to be one of the earliest filmmakers to embrace it. A fitting contradiction given Chaplin was […]

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Charlie Chaplin's Studio: Then And Now

Every morning I pass Charlie Chaplin’s studio. And I hate myself for letting it have become routine. When I first moved to Hollywood five years ago, it was reverent Holy Ground. And, oh, it still is! When I remember it’s there, that is. Rushing to work with a head full of figures and deadlines succeeded […]

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Charlie Chaplin’s Studio: Then And Now

Every morning I pass Charlie Chaplin’s studio. And I hate myself for letting it have become routine. When I first moved to Hollywood five years ago, it was reverent Holy Ground. And, oh, it still is! When I remember it’s there, that is. Rushing to work with a head full of figures and deadlines succeeded […]

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Harold Lloyd's Safety Last and the Triumph of Silent Film

Wow. So the best cinematic experiences I’ve had in recent memory tend to have the same thing in common: silence. First with the TCM Festival’s triumphant screening of Buster Keaton‘s The Cameraman in April. And now two months later, with the Los Angeles Conservancy’s closing night film of their 25th Annual “Last Remaining Seats” series, […]

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Harold Lloyd’s Safety Last and the Triumph of Silent Film

Wow. So the best cinematic experiences I’ve had in recent memory tend to have the same thing in common: silence. First with the TCM Festival’s triumphant screening of Buster Keaton‘s The Cameraman in April. And now two months later, with the Los Angeles Conservancy’s closing night film of their 25th Annual “Last Remaining Seats” series, […]

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A Walking Tour of Silent Hollywood

Entertainment journalist Jonathan Melville writes for the Guardian Edinburgh, the Edinburgh Evening News and ReelScotland. That is to say, Melville is quite proudly Scottish. (brownie point#1) Recently traveling the three thousand miles from Edinburgh to Hollywood for the TCM Classic Film Festival (brownie point #2), one item at the top of his itinerary was to […]

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Magic at the TCM Film Festival: The Cameraman

From the very beginning, motion pictures were… magic.  Of course, the medium has evolved to become one of the most important means of artistic expression that we’ve ever had– complex, subjective and ever-evolving. But sometimes all we want– indeed, all we need– is a little magic. Perhaps the magic of cinema is found, in its […]

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The Charlie Chaplin Time-Traveler

There’s no one who’d love to believe this is real more than I would. Film blogger George Clark recently posted this curious little clip taken from the special features footage on the MK2 release of Charlie Chaplin‘s 1928 silent classic The Circus. The footage was taken on the day of the film’s premiere, outside of […]

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Chaplin at The Cinefamily

Attention all LA-based Pictorial readers: The Silent Movie Theatre’s Cinefamily will be featuring a full retrospective of Charlie Chaplin’s complete body of work throughout the whole of September. The festivities kick off tonight with new prints of both City Lights and The Idle Class, with Chaplin’s silent features and shorts being screened every Wednesday and […]

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