|Generic Chaplin Comedy Slide (c. 1916-23)|
In April 1916, Charles Chaplin signed an unprecedented contract with the Mutual Film Company. Calling for him to produce a dozen two-reel comedies at a salary ten times what he had received from his former employer, the agreement made Chaplin the highest paid entertainer in the world.
And he was worth every penny.
Today Chaplin's Mutual period is recognized as one most the inspired creative outbursts in film history. Chaplin produced his the films at the rate of nearly one per month and each film stands unique and distinct from the others. Throughout the entire series Chaplin never repeated a characterization or a setting. The comedy is uniquely Chaplin, and is as clever, funny, and fresh as when the films were originally released almost 100 years ago.
On Saturday February 12, Bay Area audiences will have the opportunity to enjoy three of these mini-masterpieces at Castro Theatre as part of the 6th Annual San Francisco Silent Film Festival Winter Event.
Accompanied on the piano by festival favorite Donald Sosin, the program features three of my personal favorites: The Pawnshop, The Rink, and The Adventurer.
|The Pawnshop (1916)|
|The Rink (1916)|
|The Adventurer (1917)|