August 22, 2012 · 6:00 PM
This location is shown only to members
Charlie Chaplin and Jackie Coogan in the silent movie The Kid (1921), with live musical accompaniment by Jeff Rapsis
Admission is free and open to the public. I plan to be at the Rogers Center for the Arts by 6 p.m.
Screening of the film will be preceded at 6:30 p.m. by an informal discussion with Christopher DiGrazio, noted silent film expert and author. Musical accompaniment for The Kid will be performed live during the screening by silent film composer Jeff Rapsis.
The screening of the film is at 7 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.
Map and Directions: http://www.merrimack.edu/map/
Information About the Film and Jeff Rapsis: http://www.silentfilmlivemusic.blogspot.com/
*****From Jeff Rapsis’s website:
The Kid follows the story of a tramp (Chaplin) who attempts to raise an orphaned boy on his own. It includes several classic scenes and is highlighted by a sequence in which Chaplin battles authorities attempting to return the child to an orphanage. Co-starring with Chaplin in The Kid is five-year-old Jackie Coogan, who turned in what many critics rank as the best child performance of the entire silent film era. Chaplin himself worked closely with the young Coogan for more than a year to develop the youngster's acting abilities. Coogan went on to a long career that much later included the role of Uncle Fester in the popular 1960s Addams Family television show. The Kid will be preceded by several short Chaplin comedies made earlier in Chaplin's career.*****
I will be at the Rogers Center for the Arts by 6 p.m. Look for me, my red backpack, and the meetup sign on the right-hand side of the auditorium about midway between back and front (and on the first floor if there’s a choice). I’ll try to gather everyone after the movie, too, so that we can compare notes.