Chaplin's masterpiece in LA's most beautiful new theater, introduced by Allison Anders!
Retroformat Silent Films, a new nonprofit dedicated to silent movie presentations in the Los Angeles area, is proud to present the rarely screened, original 1925 version of what many consider Charles Chaplin’s greatest film. For this one-of-a-kind screening, the Chaplin Office has waived its usual requirement that the film be accompanied by recorded music, allowing Retroformat Silent Films’ Musical Director, Cliff Retallick, to improvise a live, new grand piano score!
The screening will be introduced by world renowned independent filmmaker and Retroformat Silent Films board member Allison Anders, whose films include Gas Food Lodging, Mi Vida Loca and Grace of My Heart. This event will kick off a series of tributes to the founders of United Artists by Retroformat Silent Films, with subsequent screenings of films by Douglas Fairbanks Sr., Mary Pickford and D.W. Griffith to take place at the historic Woman’s Club of Hollywood early in 2020.
In The Gold Rush, Chaplin’s immortal Tramp is a lone prospector in the Alaskan Gold Rush, where he meets the beautiful dance hall girl Georgia Hale and becomes trapped in a snowbound cabin, hilariously boiling, carving and eating his own shoe and performing the famous dance-of-the-dinner-rolls, in two of the greatest scenes in movie history.
“The miracle of Chaplin is the miracle of cinema itself — for the first time in history, people of all races, ages, classes and ethnicities laughed at the same things and without words, and we owe each successive generation an introduction to Charlie,” says film director, screenwriter and Retroformat Silent Films board member Alexander Payne. “The Gold Rush is a great place to start, and this is a wonderful chance to see the movie projected. It’s a movie that sticks with you for the rest of your life.”