Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Happy 125th Birthday, Charlie Chaplin!

Before Bing Crosby, before Sinatra, before Elvis, before The Beatles, there was an international pop culture sensation named Charles Spencer Chaplin, born April 16, 1889. 100 years after the release of his first Keystone films in February of 1914, Charlie is still making us laugh, rocking the house at film festivals from Pordenone to San Francisco.

Classic movie buffs can hope that Unknown Chaplin, the outstanding documentary by Kevin Brownlow and David Gill, will ultimately receive an official U.S. release.

The film buff's wish list would include Turner Classic Movies and the Chaplin Estate joining forces on such a DVD and Blu-ray release.

Until then, silent comedy fans will be busy reading Michael Hayde's excellent new book, Chaplin's Vintage Year: The History Of The Mutual Chaplin Specials.

For all the great movies, thanks again, Mr. Chaplin.

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