Showing posts with label Burlesque on Carmen. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Burlesque on Carmen. Show all posts

Friday, December 18, 2015

CHARLIE CHAPLIN'S BURLESQUE ON CARMEN

Carmen was originally intended to be released as a two-reel film on December 18th, 1915 but was held by Essanay until Chaplin left the company. In April 1916, an expanded four-reel version of the film was released, created with Chaplin's discarded footage and padded out with new scenes, shot and assembled by Leo White & featuring Ben Turpin. Chaplin claimed in his autobiography that this altered version of the film disgusted him so much that it sent him to bed for two days. He attempted to sue Essanay for damages but lost the case. He later wrote that Essanay’s dishonest act “rendered a service, for thereafter I had it stipulated in every contract that there should be no mutilating, extending or interfering with my finished work.”

Monday, September 10, 2012

Ad for BURLESQUE ON CARMEN, 1917

Originally intended as a two-reel comedy, Essanay padded Carmen to four reels after Chaplin left the company. This new version upset Charlie so much that it sent him to bed for two days. He sued Essanay on the grounds that the new film would damage his reputation, but eventually lost the case. He later wrote that Essanay’s dishonest act “rendered a service, for thereafter I had it stipulated in every contract that there should be no mutilating, extending or interfering with my finished work.”