|Charlie Chaplin in THE TRAMP (1915)|
Also shown on Saturday was an interesting documentary entitled THE BOOT CAKE. Directed by Australian filmmaker Kathryn Millard, the film is about the small town of Adipur, India, where a group of Charlie Chaplin impersonators called The Charlie Circle celebrate Chaplin's birthday with a big parade and a screening of THE GOLD RUSH. Millard was actually doing research for another film project when she discovered the Charlie Circle and invited her to participate in their festivities. What I found touching is that even the most remote city of the world, Chaplin's films have touched the people of Adipur, and because of him, their lives are that much more rewarding. A really interesting and touching film, even Chaplin would have been honored to see it.
For the Saturday Night show, the museum screened Chaplin's first full length feature film THE KID, which also starred Purviance and five-year-old Jackie Coogan. I'll detail that film in another blog.
Also shown on both days was the Internet sensation: Google's CHAPLIN DOODLE. Released on April 16, 2011 on the Google website, the short was made to celebrate Chaplin's 122nd birthday on that same day. The short was filmed here in Niles and was a real treat to see it on the big screen. The Google Doodle team was in attendance on Sunday, participating in a fun Q&A session. After the Q&A, the museum held its annual Chaplin Look Alike Contest, which was amazing to see both young and old impersonating Chaplin. It was a blast!!
This was such a fun filled weekend! It was a lot of hard work, but everything went well and everyone had a great time! I can't wait for next year's Chaplin weekend. However in the meantime, there are plenty more excitement happening at the museum. Next weekend they're showing a Mary Pickford feature called STELLA MARIS, which is one of her best films. The weekend after is their famous Comedy Shorts Night. The last weekend of June is their annual Bronco Bill Film Festival! So don't delay! Come on down to the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum, where silent films live forever!!
To learn more about the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum, how to become a member, and to view their film schedule, visit their website at http://www.nilesfilmmuseum.org./
Thanks for reading, and enjoy the show!