CHARLIE CHAPLIN – 1925 Silent Classic Opens Tonight at Davies Symphony Hall

“The Gold Rush” plays Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Conductor Donato Cabrera leads the SF Symphony Orchestra

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By Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Photo by Lynn Imanaka

THE GOLD RUSH, Charlie Chaplin’s great silent classic from 1925 screens this Thursday, Friday and Saturday at Davies Symphony Hall. It is the highest grossing silent film of all time. Inspired in part by the 1898 Klondike Gold Rush and the horrific Donner Party tragedy, the film tells the story of Chaplin’s iconic character Tramp as the Lone Prospector during the great gold rush in Alaska. His adventures, dreams, and pursuit of an unrequited love are depicted through a mixture of slapstick, pantomime, and a dash of sentimentality. Classic scenes include Chaplin’s dance of the dinner rolls, the teetering cabin on the edge of the cliff, and the starving Chaplin’s leather shoe feast. The Gold Rush was Chaplin’s favorite work, the one by which he said he would most wish to be remembered. A re-release in 1942 prompted Chaplin to arrange a musical soundtrack for full orchestra. Conductor Donato Cabrera will lead the SF Symphony in creating the Chaplin score. And it’s all about timing.

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GEORGIA HALE (a saloon girl), CHARLIE CHAPLIN (as The Lone Prospector)
DONATO CABRERA, Conductor

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THE GOLD RUSH at Davies Symphony Hall promises to be a fabulous experience. The print being used is an amazing example of state-of-the-art research and restoration. With the addition of “Star Treatment” by the SF Symphony – along with sleigh bells, temple blocks, a lion’s roar, spoons, chimes, and even a glockenspiel – these screenings spark a sense of glamour and excitement that would certainly have been in the air the night the film previewed in Hollywood at Grauman’s Egyptian Theatre. The paparazzi were having a field day that Friday evening of June 26th, 1925. Bulbs were flashing everywhere as M.G.M’s popular young and rising / money-making female star, Norma Shearer, entered the Grauman Lobby on the arm of the studio’s “boy wonder” – producer Irving Thalberg. It was their first public appearance together. Come the dawn, all of Hollywood would be buzzing – about the couple and Chaplin’s film already being hailed as “a masterpiece”. Irving and Norma married the following year and The Gold Rush proved to be the highest grossing silent film of all time.
Click here to purchase tickets on-line: THE GOLD RUSH
Read more about: Restoring “The Gold Rush”

Inside Music, an informative talk with Stephen Salmons, co-founder of The San Francisco Silent Film Festival, is free to ticketholders and begins one hour prior to concerts.

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GEORGIA HALE and CHARLIE CHAPLIN

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