Saturday, July 21, 2018

Phil attends the opening night of the CHARLIE CHAPLIN DAYS at the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum - July 13, 2018

Hello silent film fans and welcome to the Opening Night of the Charlie Chaplin Days here at the Edison Theater, home of the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum! During the year of 1915, the world of cinema was making history. D.W. Griffith's THE BIRTH OF A NATION  changed the landscape of cinema forever. Producer/distributor William Fox founded the new Fox Film Corporation. Also in the small town of Niles, California, a little comedian came into town, made about five films in three months, and then left. However, those five films helped paved the way for Charlie Chaplin's signature character The Tramp to become one of cinema's most beloved icons. This past weekend, the town of Niles, as well as the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum, celebrated its most famous actor with its annual CHARLIE CHAPLIN DAYS, which took place this past weekend!

The festivities kicked off Friday night with a symposium entitled AN EXPLORATION OF PHYSICAL COMEDY. It included a panel of distinguished individuals who know a lot of this paticular subject. The panel was moderated by funny man Dan Kamin, Paul Mular, Jeffrey Weissman, Jason Allin, John Fawell. They discussed the comedic style and methods of not only Charlie Chaplin, but other comedians from the silent film era, including Buster Keaton, Laurel & Hardy, Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle and the often forgotten Lupino Lane. Also, there was a short video of Steve Massa talking about the comedic timings of Chaplin and others. The crowd for that night's symposium were very much into the topic and there was a Q&A with them!

(L-R) Dan Kamin, Paul Mular, Jeffrey Weissman, Jason Allin, John Fawell.
Overall, it was a great night and a great way to kick off the weekend!! And there was more fun events to come at the museum! To learn more about the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum, on how to become a member, and to view their weekly film schedule, visit their website at 
Thanks for reading, and enjoy the show!

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