Directed by: C. Chaplin
Writing credits: C.Chaplin
Starring: Charlie Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Jackie Coogan, Carl Miller, Henry Bergman
Running time: 60 mins.
Music composed by Charles Chaplin (1971)
Musical associate: Eric James
Restored for live performance by Carl Davis (1995/6)
2 Flutes (both dbl. picc.)
Oboe (dbl e. horn)
2 Clarinets (I dbl. alto sax, II dbl. b-cl.)
Percussion (2 players incl. Timpani)
Piano (dbl. celeste)
List of percussion:
In the score to The Kid (1971), Chaplin takes us back, musically speaking, to his own youth in the English Music Hall. Broad strokes of light pantomimic music, laced with the indelible Chaplin melodic trademark. The strings are lush, the winds are light and the power of over-sentimentality is kept at bay by a composer who knows his subjects. There is an over all feeling of foggy charm in these late scores that is difficult to pinpoint, but these films are forever poeticized by them...
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