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Directed by Charlie Chaplin

United States 84 mins.

Charlie Chaplin’s singular blend of slapstick, pathos, and social satire made him one of the cinema’s great artists and his iconic Tramp remains one of the most recognizable characters in film history. In the short two-reelers he made for the Mutual Film Corporation a century ago, Chaplin honed his trademark themes and the inventive techniques for which he would become world famous, and in the process created films that many regard as his best work. Tonight’s program features three of the 12 classics he made at Mutual Film Corporation, accompanied live by silent film composer and pianist Robert Israel. Israel has performed solo, and with orchestras, world wide, including past performances at PIFF accompanying silent films classics Richard III (1912), The Gold Rush (1925), and The General (1926).