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"It was here that I first discovered music, or where I first learned its rare beauty, a beauty that has gladdened and haunted me from that moment…”

Charlie Chaplin

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'Carl Davis has made an astonishing impact on music in Britain.....raising to hitherto unheard of standards of the once humble television theme tune...’ Musical Opinion


Davis's output for film and television is vast, including The World At War and The French Lieutenant's Woman (the winner of both the BAFTA and Ivor Novello awards).


Davis has composed soundtracks for several Chaplin films and has toured them around the world. Following the Chaplin Festival in London, given by the LPO under Davis, the BFI released a set of Chaplin films on DVD together with his brilliantly descriptive scores.

Famous for his character "The Tramp," the sweet little man with a bowler hat and moustache, Charlie Chaplin was an iconic figure of the silent-film era and one of film's first superstars, elevating the industry in a way few could have ever imagined.


Beyond his comedic genius, Chaplin's talents extended to directing, writing and composing. He was an accomplished violinist who counted some of the 20th Century's greatest musicians amongst his friends.


His career spanned over 75 years, from childhood in the Victorian era until his death in 1977, and encompassed both adulation and controversy.

Charlie Chaplin


This evening of cinematic treasures explores the fascinating relationship between music and film in the hands of one of the 20th Century’s greatest cultural icons. Highlights will include memorable set pieces from The Immigrant, The Adventurer and The Gold Rush, all accompanied by specially adapted soundtracks by the acclaimed silent film composer, Carl Davis.

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The Little Tramp

The Mutual Film Corporation

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Charlie Chaplin entered movies in 1914. In 1916 he became the highest paid entertainer in the world, when he signed a contract with the Mutual Film Corporation for a salary of $670,000.


Mutual built Chaplin his very own studio and allowed him total freedom to make 12 two-reel films during this fruitful 12-month period. Chaplin subsequently recognised this period of film-making as the most inventive and liberating of his career.


The resulting masterpieces are recognised as amongst his finest work. This project has been developed to celebrate the 100th anniversary of these remarkable achievements.

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