Thursday, July 15, 2010

Mutual appreciation

By Alex Rush

Charlie Chaplin was the The Tramp, but there’s nothing low-class about the upcoming multi-media tribute to the silent film legend.

On July 22, three Chaplin movies will screen outdoors at the Prospect Park band shell, accompanied by a live performance of their musical scores. The veteran, Brooklyn-born composer and London Philharmonic conductor Carl Davis, who wrote the scores decades after the films were released, will conduct the Brooklyn Philharmonic in the Chaplin-influenced pieces.

The three movies in the Celebrate Brooklyn show are all from Chaplin’s work with the Mutual Film Corporation, which gave the mustache-sporting director the artistic control he desired. “Easy Street” and “One A.M.” released in 1916, as well as “Behind the Screen,” released in 1917, are slapstick comedies that “are considered to be among Chaplin’s best comedies,” said Celebrate Brooklyn producer Jack Walsh.

“Pairing cutting-edge composers and live performers with screenings of silent films enable artists to create multi-media performances that span time and place.”

The Chaplin Mutuals at Prospect Park band shell [Prospect Park West and Ninth Street in Park Slope, (718) 855-7882], July 22, 7 pm. For info, visit


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