|Charles Chaplin (1889-1977)|
On both Saturday and Sunday, the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum showed all five of Chaplin's films he made here in Niles: A NIGHT OUT (co-starring Ben Turpin), THE CHAMPION, IN THE PARK, A JITNEY ELOPEMENT, and his most famous film THE TRAMP, featuring the most iconic image and ending in film history of the Little Tramp walking away in Niles Canyon. One of Chaplin's most important films he ever made. Also shown on both days was the documentary short WHEN THE MOVIES GO WEST, a 1974 PBS short. The other documentary short, the 1964 KPIX WHEN THE MOVIES CAME FROM NILES was shown on Saturday afternoon.
Later that Saturday night, there was a show showcasing other Chaplin films. The first films screened were three shorts: MAKING A LIVING (a 1914 Ketstone film), A NIGHT AT THE SHOW (a film he made for Essanay in LA in 1915), and EASY STREET (from 1916, after he left Essanay for Mutual). The main feature of the night was 1918's SHOULDER ARMS.
On Sunday afternoon the museum held their annual Chaplin lookalike contest. Also there was a cool train ride through Niles Canyon, courtesy of the Niles Canyon Railway. It's the perfect way to see the canyon were film history was made 100 years ago!
This was such a fun filled weekend! I for one can't wait till next year's Charlie Chaplin Days! In the meantime, there are plenty more excitement happening at the museum. We have a weekly Saturday Night shows, including the extremely popular 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 Charlie Chaplin, visit the official website at www.charliechaplin.com. 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 www.nilesfilmmuseum.org.
Thanks for reading, and enjoy the show!