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20th Anniversary Silent Film Gala: THE GOLD RUSH


Dustin Hoffman Serves as Honorary Chairman of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra's Silent Film Celebration Screening of Charlie Chaplin's 1925 film THE GOLD RUSH

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Join Academy Award-winning actor, Dustin Hoffman as well as co-chairmen Hanna Kennedy and Roger L. Mayer, as the comic genius of Charlie Chaplin meets the musical genius of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra during the 20th Annual Silent Film Celebration. The evening will feature a restored print of Charlie Chaplin's complete 1925 cut of The Gold Rush with the musical score Chaplin composed for the film's 1942 reissue. Written, produced and directed by Charlie Chaplin. Starring Charlie Chaplin with Georgia Hale and Mack Swain. The original music has been restored, adapted, and will be conducted by Timothy Brock and performed live by the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.

Sunday, June 7th at 6:30 p.m.

UCLA's Royce Hall (on the UCLA campus)

213-622-7001 x 215- Gala $300 (includes reception); $75 (priority seating) and $35

A Los Angeles Tradition: The exquisite sound of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra complements the silent genius of Charlie Chaplin at the 20th Annual Silent Film Celebration. Following the film, the Chamber Orchestra will host a supper party under the stars on the Ahmanson Terrace outside Royce Hall for VIP patrons.

THE GOLD RUSH (1925) is the quintessential Chaplin/Little Tramp film, with a balance of slapstick comedy and pantomime, social satire, and emotional and dramatic moments of tenderness. It was Chaplin's own personal favorite film, which showcases the classic Tramp character (referred to as "The Lone Prospector") as a romantic idealist and lone gold prospector at the turn of the century, with his cane, derby, distinctive walk, tight shabby suit, and mustache.

Classic scenes include the starvation scene of two cabin-marooned prospectors boiling and fastidiously eating a stewed shoe, the Tramp's cabin-mate deliriously imagining his companion as a large chicken, the teetering cabin on the edge of a cliff, and Chaplin's lonely fantasized New Year's Eve party (with the dancing dinner rolls routine) when he waits for a girl who never comes. The original 1925 release of The Gold Rush was 6 years before Chaplin's attempt to compose his first full-length score, City Lights, and the 1925 score compilation (by Carli Elinor and Chaplin, today preserved at the Chaplin archives in Montreux) was used to accompany the initial run in theatres until the film was no longer in frequent demand after the advent of sound. After being in circulation for only 17 years (and only five during the age of silent-film theatre orchestras), the “sound” version of the film was released with a newly composed score in 1942. This 1942 score is the one we associate with The Gold Rush.

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Silent era until 1928