laughingrat: Buster in a diving suit, from "The Navigator" (Goin to the Moon--Keaton)
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I was really happy to see info in the new Criterion newsletter about this! Apparently they've restored the 1925 version, rather than the 1942 re-release that had an added narration track with several scenes cut. For a lot of folks, the narration track is like nails on a blackboard, and it definitely reduces the ambiguity that makes silent comedy so interesting and funny. This blurb talks a little about the restoration and has info about a NYC screening during the New York Film Festival.
themis: Anna May Wong (f: dangerous to know)
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A quick PSA for those who might have missed this! Janus is putting on a retrospective of 17 Chaplin films. They're hitting a quite a few places, and it seems like a really wonderful opportunity for Chaplin fans (or, really, any film fans . . .).

From 1914 until 1967, Chaplin wrote, directed, produced, and starred in over 80 films, quickly advancing from basic slapstick to a unique comic style - immaculately constructed, deeply human, and always hilarious. In cooperation with MK2 and the Chaplin estate, Janus Films is proud to present a touring retrospective of Chaplin's films from 1918 to 1957, including such masterpieces as The Kid, The Circus, City Lights, and Modern Times, all in new 35mm prints.

Has anyone been to the East Coast screenings?

(The art for the website and poster, if you were curious, is by Kate Beaton of Hark! A vagrant. If you like your humor historical, you should check her out.)
laughingrat: An animated gif of a gray and white kitten making flaily gestures. (SURPRISE)
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For real this time.

Lost Charlie Chaplin film discovered in Michigan antique sale:
The 16mm print was found by historian and collector Paul Gierucki at an antiques show in Michigan. Thinking it was just another old Keystone comedy, he didn't look at it for a while. He finally got around to it in early March and quickly realized what he had.

"Is this who I think it is?" he asked fellow collector Richard Roberts, sending along a frame grab. "Probably," said Roberts, "but we need to see him move."

Once you've seen him move, there's no question who the actor is.

Mabel's Strange Predicament, the first film in which Chaplin appeared in his famous makeup, started shooting January 6th, 1914 - a day after production began on A Thief Catcher.

"It's either his second moustache picture or his first," says Richard Roberts. "It cements the concept that he had the character before he came to Keystone and didn't slap it together on the way to the shooting stage one day. Even when he's doing a minor part he's doing that character. It's a new brick in the Chaplin biography. And this opens up the door to other unknown Chaplin appearances at Keystone."
I'd always heard that one called Kid Auto Races at Venice was the absolute first Tramp movie, but apparently it's maybe #3, from what we now have still extant. The time difference between when these all started filming is literally a matter of a few days, though. They filmed quick back then.

Anyway, amazing news!


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