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Images courtesy of Janus Films


Pay Day


Retrospective: Charlie Chaplin

Charlie Chaplin's singular blend of slapstick, pathos, and social satire made him one of the greatest artists the cinema has ever produced. His iconic Tramp, perhaps the most recognizable character in film's history, has delighted generations of moviegoers in every corner of the world since he first appeared on screen in 1914. This 17-film series is a wonderful opportunity to experience Chaplin's timeless artistry on the big screen in gorgeous new 35mm prints.


Many classic films are just as powerful today as when they were first released. We add such films from many genres to our schedule throughout the season. Many are shown on the occasion of their rereleases, in fresh, new or restored prints.

Sat, May 7, 2011 7 PM

Chaplin's final two-reeler, Pay Day, joins his last American-made film, Limelight, in this double bill.

In Pay Day, Charlie plays a bricklayer who plans on spending his paycheck at the saloon, only to be foiled by his wife. (22 mins., 35mm)

Set in London on the eve of WWI, Limelight is Chaplin's vivid evocation of the lower-class music halls where his career as a comedian began. Chaplin plays the alcoholic clown Calvero who mentors a young dancer (Claire Bloom) after he prevents her suicide. The film's can't-miss climactic scene features a reunion between Calvero and his old partner, played by Buster Keaton, Chaplin's contemporary and fellow comedian and director, in the only time the two shared the screen. (137 mins., 35mm)

Limelight also marks a significant moment in Chaplin's personal history, since he was refused reentry into the U.S. (due to alleged communist sympathies) after a press tour for its release in England. Many American theaters refused to show the film at that time. It was successfully re-released in 1972, the same year when Chaplin returned to the U.S. to receive an honorary Oscar for life-time achievement. Limelight begins at 7:30 PM.

Prints courtesy of Janus Films.

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