Tuesday, April 6, 2010

SF Symphony presents Chaplin's "The Gold Rush"

Next week, the San Francisco Symphony presents three screenings of Charlie Chaplin’s The Gold Rush at Davies Symphony Hall. Its an event not to be missed. The orchestra, led by Assistant Conductor Donato Cabrera, will perform Chaplin’s original score to accompany this rare presentation.

The Gold Rush (1925) is one of Chaplin’s most successful films, and the highest grossing silent film comedy of all time. It was written, produced, directed by, and starred the comedic actor. The Gold Rush was also Chaplin’s favorite work, and the one by which he said he would most wish to be remembered. It was re-released in 1942 with a full orchestral score composed by the actor.

Inspired in part by the 1898 Klondike Gold Rush, the film tells the story of  a lone prospector. At the time of it's release in 1925, the critic for the New York Times wrote:
Here is a comedy with streaks of poetry, pathos, tenderness, linked with brusqueness and boisterousness. It is the outstanding gem of all Chaplin's pictures, as it has more thought and originality than even such masterpieces of mirth as The Kid and Shoulder Arms.
In 1992, The Gold Rush was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."

This special event will take place at Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Avenue in San Francisco on Thursday, April 15th at 2 p.m., Friday, April 16th at 8 p.m., and Saturday, April 17th at 2 p.m. Stephen Salmons, former artistic director of the San Francisco Silent Film Festival, will give a talk one hour prior to each performance. The talks are free to all concert ticket holders; doors open 15 minutes before-hand. Further information at http://www.sfsymphony.org/season/Event.aspx?eventid=36134

Tickets (from $35-$135) are available at sfsymphony.org, by phone at 415-864-6000, and at the Davies Symphony Hall Box Office, on Grove Street between Van Ness Avenue and Franklin Street in San Francisco.

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