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A Dog’s Life/Shoulder Arms

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Images courtesy of Janus Films

A Dog's Life

A Dog’s Life/Shoulder Arms

The Great Dictator

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.

Classics

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.

Thu, May 5, 2011 7 PM

Chaplin takes on WWI, Hitler, and a mischievous dog in this triple bill featuring his first true talkie, The Great Dictator.

In A Dog's Life, a found pup lands the Tramp in hot water. (33 mins., 35mm) Set in France during WWI, Shoulder Arms finds Chaplin bumbling his way through trench warfare on his way to capturing the Kaiser. (37 mins., 35mm)

The first major film to strongly satirize Hitler and the Nazis, The Great Dictator follows a Jewish barber who is mistaken for the Hitler-esque dictator of Tomainia, with Chaplin playing both roles. The film was Chaplin's greatest financial success. (124 mins., 35mm) The Great Dictator begins at 8:15 PM.

Prints courtesy of Janus Films.