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The sound of Charlie Chaplin

75 min visit

Philharmonie de Paris - Cité de la Musique
11 Oct → 26 Jan 2020
Tue to Fri from 12 pm to 6 pm. Sat & Sun from 10 am to 6 pm. Closed on Mon.

« An exciting approach to (re)discover Charlie Chaplin's work !  »

Inviting Chaplin, the master of silent cinema, to the Philharmonie de Paris may seem incongruous, or daring! But to think about it, and far from being a paradox, it is an original and exciting way to (re)discover the artist's work in its musical dimension and, more broadly, in its close relationship with dance, rhythm, the illusion of speech and sound, all rigorously "orchestrated" in each of his works. Chaplin imposes the musical dimension of his character as a comic and poetic spring: a dancing body that matches the rhythm of the montage. A universal figure, Charlot inspires artists such as Fernand Léger or Marc Chagall, as the embodiment of a resolutely modern art in motion. In 1927, when cinema switched from silent to talking, Chaplin saw the opportunity to sign the music for his films. A self-taught musician, he surrounds himself with arrangers. Music must serve as a counterpoint of charm and not compete with the comedy of the image. All in shadow and light, the exhibition offers an audiovisual immersion adapted to all audiences. To complete the tour, interactive devices allow a better understanding of cinema in Chaplin's time. In the background, original photographic prints, works of art and rare documents provide a musical panorama of unsuspected richness, offering an unprecedented insight into the life and work of one of the greatest artists of the 20th century.


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