Friday, January 10, 2014

Filmed 100 years ago today


The first film in which Chaplin appears as the Little Tramp onscreen was filmed January 10th, 1914 at a Venice "Kid Auto Race."* What exactly is a Kid Auto Race?  Film historian John Bengston wrote a wonderful piece which answers this question. There are also some great "then and now" location photos as well.

http://silentlocations.wordpress.com/2011/10/31/chaplins-kid-autos-they-were-what/

source: silentlocations.wordpress.com

*Chaplin may have filmed Mabel's Strange Predicament in his Tramp costume first but it was released after Kid Auto Races At Venice.

1 comment:

  1. The Niles Theater is showing this on Saturday, and I am bummed, because I am at the Castro for the Chaplin festival there, and they are not showing that short. I would have liked to have seen this film as well!

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