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Chaplin at Essanay: His New Job, A Woman, and A Jitney Elopement

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December 06, 2018


Cinema Arts Centre


Young elementary, Tween, Teen, Adult


Chaplin at Essanay: His New Job, A Woman, and A Jitney Elopement at Cinema Arts Centre

Event description:

In late 1914, Charlie Chaplin was paid the then-unprecedented salary of $1,250 per week (with a bonus of $10,000) in exchange for signing a one-year contract with the Essanay Film Manufacturing Company. The resulting 14 films he created for Essanay find Chaplin further experimenting with new cinematic techniques, while continuing to add complexities and pathos into his celebrated Little Tramp character, soon to become immortalized as the face, hat, and mustache of modern screen comedy. At Essanay, Chaplin was able to spend more time on his films, allowing him to shape his on screen persona and the comedic style that would make him a household name. Ben Model is one of America’s leading silent film accompanists, and has been playing piano and organ for silent films at the New York MoMA since 1984, and the CAC since 2006.

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