“The Little Tramp” turns 100 – Chaplin Forever!

FAmous Chaplin image, photo courtesy-Musée-de-l’Élysée-Lausanne.jpg

FAmous Chaplin image, photo courtesy-Musée-de-l’Élysée-Lausanne.jpg

Last night, we had the distinct and interesting pleasure of attending a very unusual exhibition and film screening at New York’s Lincoln Center with Jaeger-LeCoultre. The exhibit honors the 100th anniversary of Charlie Chaplin’s character, The Little Tramp. Entitled “Chaplin Forever!” the exhibit is at the Furman Gallery at the Film Society of Lincoln Center and features dozens of photographs of Chaplin in his many creative stages during his outstanding career as one of the greatest  filmmakers of the 30th century.  The photo exhibit retraces the most famous moments of his career and is curated by the Muse’e de l’Elysee in Lausanne, Switzerland –where approximately 10,000 photographs comprise the collection.  Photos on exhibit in Lincoln Center include famed images such as Chaplin pouring acid on an alarm clock, holding on while trying to turn the gears and wheels of a larger-than-life clock, and dancing happily with nymphs.

Carmen Chaplin

Carmen Chaplin

In addition to the exhibition, great granddaughter Carmen Chaplin (whom we have interviewed here before) offered a screening of two short films she produced:  “A Time for Everything” and “The Innovators.” These two films are very different from one another in tone, concept, appeal, imagery and more. One, Chaplin says, was inspired by the birth of her daughter and by how there is a certain time for everything; the other was inspired by old family movies she watched growing up and how they always had humor in them. The screening was a special event made possible in part by Jaeger-LeCoultre, which has been involved in the world of filmmaking for several years, as the skills and mastery of detail of both watchmaking and filmmaking dovetail beautifully.  The “Chaplin Forever!”  exhibit is at the Film Society of Lincoln Center until May 4, 2014.

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