Monday, January 6, 2014

For Your Reading Pleasure: Chaplin Link Roundup

With the San Francisco Silent Film Festival's program "The Little Tramp at 100: A Charlie Chaplin Centennial Celebration" coming up this Saturday at the Castro Theatre, it's the perfect time to read a bit more about Chaplin before you head down to the show. And you're in luck: I have loads of links to keep you busy from now until the curtain rises on January 11. Let's roll!

First up is a wonderful piece from our friend John Bengston, author of Silent Traces: Discovering Early Hollywood Through the Films of Charlie Chaplin. In this article on his site Silent Locations, he gives us a peek into Chaplin's first appearance as The Little Tramp in Kid Auto Races at Venice (1914), and uncovers just what, exactly, "kid auto races" were.

Three more links from Silent Locations cover different filming locations for The Kid (1921), which the SFSFF will be screening on Saturday. So while you're watching "The Tramp" first discover "The Kid", or that poignant ending, or various other scenes along the way, you'll be able to nudge your friends and say "I know where that was filmed!"

The Charlie Chaplin official website has a wealth of great articles on Chaplin, including pieces on the filming of The Kid (1921) and The Gold Rush (1925), as well Chaplin's time at Mutual where he filmed Easy Street (1917), The Cure (1917), and The Vagabond (1916). These will all be featured on Saturday, so it's a great chance to get plenty of background information before the show.

One of my very favorite Chaplin-related blogs is Discovering Chaplin. Jessica, who runs the site, is a long-time Chaplin enthusiast with a glorious collection of images and a lot to say. Definitely worth a visit!

And if Tumblr is more your speed, check out Charlie Chaplin is For the Ages, a very fun site run by an ardent fan of Chaplin. She's been posting for a long time now, so there's a lot to enjoy over there!

Hope you have a good time perusing these, and if you have any favorites of your own, please share them in the comments. See you this weekend!


  1. Here are my 2 cents after a terrific Saturday.