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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3D Charlie

Variety today reporting that French production giant MK2, Method Animation and animation house DQ Entertainment will be producing a series of animated Charlie Chaplin shorts in 3D. “There won’t be any direct movie adaptations. We will use gags from the films, pay homage and try and keep the spirit of Chaplin,” said Method president Aton […]

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Why Chaplin Matters.

“The little fellow,” Vanity Fair once wrote, “was not a small man.” Indeed, there are movie stars. There are superstars. There are legends. And then there’s Charlie Chaplin. He was born on April 16, 1889 in south London at a time when poverty was rife, housing was scarce,  and low-income tenements had decomposed into dirty, […]

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