March 16, 2009
You can see now?
There was a time when Chaplin was hailed as the greatest popular artist of the 20th century, and his films were known to everyone. Today, how many people watch them? Are they shown in schools? I think not
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Thank you so much for posting this. This movie makes me cry every time, and it's been awhile since I've seen it. What a delight!
Posted by: Rebecca at Mar 16, 2009 6:33:59 PM
Turner Classic Movies (TCM) has a regular Sunday-night silent movie--occasionally a Chaplin film. And The 1942 Silent Movie Theater on Fairfax Blvd. in Los Angeles (one of my old college haunts) is back in business (though silent movies are now just once-a-week). And every once in awhile, a local theater will show a silent movie as a special treat--especially if it's an old theater with live music accompanying the film.
Posted by: chrisanthemama at Mar 17, 2009 8:45:28 PM
We watched it again last night. What a treat, again
Posted by: Hanan at Mar 17, 2009 10:52:55 PM
I was a secondary school teacher until I retired last year. I regularly showed Chaplin films in my 20th Century history class. Modern Times The Great Dictator and The Gold Rush were particular favourites. The kids were initially suspicious but fell in love Chaplin within moments. While many recognized the little tramp figure few could actually name him. Part of teaching is opening new doors and windows. History is much more than lists of wars and Presidents and if it is to be explored and understood then teachers really should try to introduce and keep alive aspects of our culture which are being ignored and forgotten and yet which continue to have a profound influence in today's society. History is a thread which continues to unwind.If you want to figure out where you are going you better know where you've come from.
Posted by: frank at Aug 15, 2009 7:32:00 PM