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Monday, September 24, 2007

Alistair Cooke's Charlie Chaplin film footage planned for Italy

Variety reports, Alistair Cooke's 15-minute film footage of Charlie Chaplin will premiere at Italy's 26th Pordenone Silent Film Festival, October 6-13th, 2007. Shot in 1933 by Cooke on Chaplin's yacht off Catalina Island, this found film was originally part of a series of star interviews created by Cooke for his student work at Yale. More at this Variety link>

Follow-up: In reading some of these later links about this re-discovered Chaplin film, they make it sound like it is a new Chaplin short, which is miss leading. Reading the Variety article, it says interviews Cooke filmed while he was a student.

With it being 1933, guessing this would have been a silent film. Portable sound cameras were later, but need to look that up again. (Most interesting for me, it was the same year The Sea Gull negatives were destroyed.)

1 comment:

Paul C. said...

I'm surprised this film was considered lost - there are stills from it in a European Chaplin photo book (the name of which escapes me), which show Cooke, Chaplin, and Paulette joking around on his yacht. Perhaps the film has been lost, and only these frame stills have been available.