Kingston, NY: Charlie Chaplin Birthday Screenings

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Kingston, NY: Charlie Chaplin Birthday Screenings

Unread post by silentfilm » Wed Apr 11, 2018 8:34 pm ... /180419952

Birthday party celebrating Charlie Chaplin on April 14 at Kingston Artist Collective

PHOTO PROVIDEDCharlie Chaplin in a scene from "City Lights."

Posted: 04/10/18, 11:16 PM EDT | Updated: 46 mins ago

As part of the Sixth Annual Charlie Chaplin Tribute taking place in April, a birthday costume party in honor of the Little Tramp, will take place Saturday, April 14, from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Kingston Artist Collective, 63 Broadway, Kingston.

Chaplin was a comic silent movie actor, known for such films as “The Gold Rush,” “City Lights,” “The Kid” and “Modern Times.” His first “talkie” was “The Great Dictator” in 1940, in which he parodied Adolf Hitler. The film ends with Chaplin making a stirring speech in which his character calls upon humanity to turn to its better nature and to resist the forces of darkness. Chaplin died in 1977 at the age of 88.

Dressing up as Chaplin or in a style from the 1910s through the 1930s is optional for the birthday costume party. The event begins with a social hour, along with snacks and short films, from 5 to 6 p.m. At 6 p.m., there will be showing of Chaplin’s 1931 film “City Lights.” It runs about 90 minutes.

Following the film, there will be birthday cake, discussion and trivia about Chaplin and more social time.

The tribute was revived this year after a two-year pause because a location could not be found. The collective is hosting a collection of Chaplin photos, articles, music, books, films and other memorabilia put together by Jean Haines and her friends. The exhibition runs through Sunday, April 29. The collective is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The following events are also planned as part of the tribute:

• Saturday, April 21, from 6 to 8 p.m., a screening of Chaplin’s 1925 film “The Gold Rush,” followed by social time.

• Saturday, April 28, from 5 to 9 p.m., a closing party, with a social hour from 5 to 6 p.m., followed by a screening of the 1983 documentary “The Unknown Chaplin” from 6 to 9 p.m.

Other Chaplin films available for individual viewing throughout April during the collective’s open hours.

All events are free, and children are welcome.

Call the Kingston Artist Collective at (845) 399-2491 or visit its Facebook page for more information.

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