St Christopher

Chaplin film music
Event 2
Saturday October 3rd, 10.00am 
Little Missenden Village Hall

Recreating Chaplin’s music

This is an archived event from the 2015 Programme.

Ever wish you could go to the Saturday Morning Pictures again? Here’s your chance.

Charlie Chaplin came to Hollywood in 1913 earning $150 a week, but his rise was meteoric – by 1917 he was getting more than the President of the United States, and about to become one of the most famous people in the world.

A series of 12 short comedy films (The Mutuals) was the turning point. They unlocked Chaplin’s latent genius, and established his comic alter ego, The Tramp. He learned very fast what worked and what didn’t.

Live music was often improvised for silent films, but this doesn’t survive. One of the great names in putting the music back into silent film is Carl Davis. He’ll explain how he created music for Chaplin’s early two-reelers, with clips from The Mutuals – and a complete showing of The Adventurer, featuring key hallmarks of Chaplin’s work: gags; a chase sequence; and social commentary.

Carl Davis’s career spans many genres. He re-invented the silent movie for a new generation (including a score for Abel Gance’s famous five-hour Napoleon), and created documentaries about Chaplin, Buster Keaton and Harold Lloyd. He wrote the music for many new films (from Up Pompeii to The French Lieutenant’s Woman and The Great Gatsby), and numerous TV programmes, including The World at War, Pride and Prejudice and Cranford.

Chaplin photographs from the archives of Roy Export Company Establishment