The British Film Institute, in association with the University of Southampton and the London College of Communication, announces a major conference on the work and worldwide cultural influence of Charles Chaplin. This will coincide with the establishment of the bfi's Charles Chaplin Research Programme, which is designed to foster innovative research in relation to Chaplin and his contemporaries. The emphasis will be on dialogue and the bringing together of archivists, researchers and scholars from a range of disciplines for screenings, the presentation of papers and symposia to reassess Chaplin's British music hall roots and his impact and influence on film, the arts and modern culture.
The conference will be held at the London College of Communication, Elephant & Castle in the heart of Chaplin's London.
Chaplin's image has been an enduring symbol for the twentieth century, it is an image that simultaneously stands for the celebration and the condemnation of the modern world. Chaplin's life, art and influence offer a thought-provoking site of convergence for film history, theatre history, literary modernism, and the social and cultural history of everyday life in the twentieth century. Through screenings of newly restored material, events, talks and discussion the conference will offer a number of perspectives on Chaplin's work.
Events and Highlights Keynote speakers: Tom Gunning, Jennifer Bean, David Trotter, Yuri Tsivian, Jacky Bratton and David Robinson.
Screening programme of the latest Chaplin Keystone restorations produced by the bfi National Film and Television Archive, Cineteca di Bologna and Lobster Films. The archivists will be present to explain the intricacies of this ambitious restoration project.
Opening night reception will be at Wiltons Music Hall the oldest surviving music hall in England, built in 1858 in the East End of London. Scenes for Lord Attenborough's 1986 film, Chaplin were shot here. It was in the finals of the BBC series Restoration and the trust continues to raise funds for the preservation of this unique and atmospheric building.
Free Open air screening of Shoulder Arms and Chaplin related rarities in the grounds of the Imperial War Museum, (where Chaplin's mother was confined when it was still the infamous Bedlam asylum).
See conference website (below)
Alison Kirwan –
fax 00 44 20 7580 7503
Tel: +44 (0)20 7957 4786
British Film Institute, 21 Stephen St, London W1T 1LN.
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