Following last week’s UK release of our new Charlie Chaplin: The Collection DVD box set, we’ve been scouring the web to see what the Little Tramp’s fans have had to say about it.
As part of our latest blogathon, Martyn Conterio at Cinemart composed an article entitled Charles Chaplin & The Greatest Cocaine Gag In Cinema History, in which he challenged the myth that silent era comedies aren’t funny.
Martyn chose a scene from 1936’s Modern Times, in which Charlie mistakes a batch of cocaine for salt, explaining that “the set up and execution are perfect”. We have to agree:
Meanwhile, over on the Kitty Packard Pictorial, Carly Johnson looked at Charlie’s love/hate relationship with sound in the fascinating Charlie Chaplin and the Sound of Silence.
Carly explained that the silent star couldn’t read or write music, even though it had been a major part of his early life in London. Quite how Charlie managed to become so well-known for his film scores is something you’ll discover over on the blog.
DVD reviewers have been discovering (and rediscovering) Charlie’s work through the box set, superlatives such as “stone-cold classics” and “cult masterpiece” used to describe his films.
Mike Chapman on Front Row Reviews describes Charlie’s influence on filmmakers such as Woody Allen and Jackie Chan in Charlie Chaplin: A Retrospective, going on to nominate The Great Dictator as his favourite of the collection.
CineVue’s John Nugent focuses on A King in New York and Monsieur Verdoux in his five-star review, describing the 12-disc set as “an ideal place to start” for newcomers to the star’s work.
Finally, what better way to celebrate Charlie Chaplin’s career than with a clip of him in action? We uploaded the following excerpt from A King in New York to our YouTube channel and we’ll let Charlie play us out…
Charlie Chaplin: The Collection is out now on DVD from Amazon.co.uk
The Little Tramp is back. Monday 14 November sees the release on DVD of Charlie Chaplin: The Collection, a gorgeous new box set featuring 11 of Charlie’s feature films digitally remastered and accompanied by documentaries, introductions, outtakes and behind-the-scenes footage.
Following on from our recent film noir blogathon, we’ve decided to celebrate this new release by asking Charlie’s fans for their thoughts on his life and career.
Do you have a favourite Chaplin film that you’ve watched dozens of times that you want others to know about? Perhaps you have a view on some of the social or political issues that can be seen in films such as The Great Dictator? Or do you just like to see Charlie falling over?
Whatever you want to blog about, we’d like to read about it. There are a few simple steps to taking part:
- Decide on your topic – as long as it’s related in some way to Charlie Chaplin it qualifies for the blogathon
- Blog about your topic on or between 9 – 15 November 2011
- Copy-and-paste one of the images below into your blog post and add a hyperlink back to this page between (this just shows your readers you’re part of the blogathon)
After the closing date we’ll create a new blog post linking back to all the entries and you can then see who else took part in the blogathon.
Feel free to let us know if you’re considering taking part in the comments below or over on Twitter and we look forward to reading your entries!
A few weeks ago we asked film bloggers around the globe to consider participating in our Film Noir Blogathon, an excuse to discuss the genre just as we re-release 1946’s Gilda to selected UK cinemas.
We had a great response on Twitter to the idea, with dozens of tweets about our followers’ favourite film noirs, and we even listed another five must-see noirs that should be watched by anyone with an interest in the murkier side of old Hollywood.
We’ve had some fantastic posts written as part of the Blogathon and expect more as the day and weekend goes on – feel free to let us know in the comments below if we missed anyone out.
Here are the first few to come our way:
Let us know if we’ve missed yours, we’ll add to the list above as and when they come in.
Gilda's Rita Hayworth
Here at Park Circus we’re gearing up for the return to cinema screens of Glenn Ford and Rita Hayworth in 1946’s Gilda, the classic film noir which defined the latter’s career and, for many, the genre.
Charles Vidor’s film sees Ford cast as Johnny Farrell, a down-at-heel gambler rescued by Ballin Mundson (George Macready) and invited into his world of high society and low lives. When Mundson’s new wife, Gilda (Hayworth) arrives on the scene and a love triangle created, sexual jealousy and confused loyalties driving the plot towards its conclusion.
To mark the digitally restored re-release of Gilda, we’re hosting Film Noir Blogathon, a chance for bloggers around the world to write about any aspect of the genre. Whether it’s the sultry femmes fatales, the mysteries lurking in the shadows or the murky morals of their protagonists, the best noir’s are worth discussing again and again, and we’d like to read your thoughts on your favourites.
You might want to focus on Gilda, one the many film noirs in the Park Circus catalogue or any other film which comes under the banner, however loosely. Then just paste the image below into your blog post and link back to this page on or before 22 July 2011. We’ll create a new post and link back to all the articles.
Updated 22 July 2011: We’ve now published the new post rounding up all Film Noir Blogathon entries.