An Evening with Charlie Chaplin

Monday, 12/16

By 1916—the same year the Walden Theater opened in Williamstown—Charlie Chaplin had become the most famous entertainer in the world, a mere two years after appearing in his first motion picture. Buoyed by his enormous success and popularity, he was offered the largest contract ever extended to a movie star— $670,000 for a single year’s work—to make 12 short comedies at Mutual Film Corporation. For Mutual, Chaplin produced what many film historians believe to be his best works, including the three featured in this program: The Immigrant, The Adventurer and The Count.

About the films:

The Immigrant (1917)
Considered one of Chaplin’s greatest shorts, The Immigrant finds the Little Tramp crossing the Atlantic on his way to America. Along the way, he falls in love with a beautiful young woman, but the two are separated at Ellis Island. When they reunite at a beanery, Charlie finds he has a whole new problem—no money.

The Adventurer (1917)
An escaped convict on the run, Chaplin manages to elude the prison guards looking for him just long enough to also save a young lady from drowning. As a reward for his bravery, she brings Charlie back to her house, where her father turns out to be the judge who convicted him and her boyfriend promptly calls the police. Soon, everyone seems to be chasing poor Charlie.

The Count (1916)
Chaplin is a tailor’s handyman who decides to borrow the identity of one of their clients, the wealthy Count Broko, to attend a fancy party. Unfortunately, his hulking boss also has the same idea, and once at the party, both men find themselves competing for the attention of a lovely young lady. Things get even more complicated when the real Count arrives at the party as well.

About Donald Sosin and Joanna Seaton:
Acclaimed silent film accompanist Donald Sosin has been enthralling audiences in the US and Europe with his silent film music for over thirty years. He was the resident film accompanist at the Museum of Modern Art in the late ’70s, and returns there frequently as a guest pianist. He performs regularly at major film festivals including New York, San Francisco, Telluride and TriBeCa. He is the resident pianist for the Film Society of Lincoln Center, BAM and the Museum of Moving Image, and has appeared at other film repertory house and archives include the Pacific Film Archives, Symphony Space, Harvard Film Archives, the National Gallery, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Berlin Filmmuseum, MASS MoCA, and Film Forum.

Joining Sosin at Images Cinema will be actress and singer Joanna Seaton, whose credits include leading roles in over 70 productions of musicals and plays, in New York and at regional and stock theatres across the country, including the Kennedy Center. Most recently, she sang the title role in Patience with the Light Opera Company of Salisbury and appeared in The Vagina Monologues at Barrington Stage Studio Space in Great Barrington, MA and the Studio Theater in Lindenhurst, NY. As a singer, she has also been heard at Symphony Space’s Wall-to-Wall Richard Rodgers, the St. Regis Hotel, and the Rainbow Room. The New York Times has praised her “silvery soprano.”

  • Runtime: 95 minutes
  • Genre: Comedy

Showtimes

  • Mon, 12/16 — 8 pm