Chicago’s Essanay film company scored a coup in 1915 when it signed Charlie Chaplin to star in its comedies; over the course of 14 films for the studio, Chaplin honed the Little Tramp character that would make him world-famous. Lobster Films and Cineteca di Bologna have worked together for 12 years to restore all of Chaplin’s cinematic output from 1914 to 1917 - a campaign that concludes with the Essanay restorations. We are proud to present three of these landmark shorts: “The Bank,” “The Champion” and “The Tramp.”
To further salute that mustachioed man in the bowler hat, baggy pants and cane, we present some of Charlie Chaplin’s greatest features. The Tramp takes orphaned Jackie Coogan under his wing in THE KID, heads for the Yukon to seek his fortune in THE GOLD RUSH, helps a blind girl despite his own meager means in the sublime CITY LIGHTS and runs afoul of industrialism in MODERN TIMES.
Series compiled by Grant Moninger and Gwen Deglise. Program notes by John Hagelston.