Directed by: C. Chaplin
Writing credits: C.Chaplin
Starring: Charlie Chaplin, Merna Kennedy, Allan Garcia, Harry Crocker, Henry Bergman
Running time: 71 mins.
Music composed by Charles Chaplin (1968).
Musical associate: Eric James.
Restored for live performance by Timothy Brock (2003).
Alto sax I (dbl. clarinet I)
Alto sax II (dbl. clarinet II)
Tenor sax (dbl. clarinet III)
Percussion (2 players)
Guitar (dbl Mandolin)
Strings: 184.108.40.206.2 (min: 220.127.116.11.1)
List of Percussion:
Written during Chaplin’s late musical period in 1968, Chaplin shows us his unique gift for capturing a particular elemental sound. In these pages one can almost smell the sawdust and grease-paint. The rousing set of circus-band numbers, intertwined with poignant reflections of the hardships that circus life bears, is commandeered in unabashed and fun way...
This performance in the Zurich Tonhalle was nothing less than sensational. All the sentimental, ominous and dance-like melodies were full of freshness and brilliant colouring, giving this 64-year-old silent movie a fascinating vitality. Conductor Timothy Brock danced around on the stage as if he were part of the film itself, conjuring out of the reinforced ZCO a totally unexpected sound.
Neue Zürcher Zeitung
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