Art Alert: Charlie Chaplin night at Sufi in Zamalek

Ahram Online , Thursday 24 Dec 2015

Sufi Bookstore will screen the Charlie Chaplin film The Gold Rush

Charlie Chaplin
Charlie Chaplin in The Gold Rush (Photo: still from the film)

The Gold Rush (1925) by iconic director and comedian Charlie Chaplin will be screened at Sufi Bookstore in Zamalek.

The film is a classic silent comedy, with Chaplin performing one of his personas named The Little Tramp, who travels to Alaska in search of gold.

The story follows him as he meets a successful prospector, a fugitive, and a barmaid whose affection he intrepidly tries to win.

Chaplin was born in Walworth, London in 1889. Considered one of the most important figures in film history, with a career spanning 75 years, he became an icon with the Tramp persona that appeared in most of his films.

Though silent, his films are characterised by slapstick comedy, as the Tramp character with the signature moustache and hat struggles against challenges.

In 1919 he founded the film distribution company United Artists, through which he produced The Gold Rush and other films.

As his films became more political, controversy surrounded Chaplin's professional life in the 1940s as he was accused of having communist tendencies. His personal life also drew criticism as a result of his multiple marriages to much younger women.

Today his films remain highly acclaimed with titles such as The Gold Rush, City Lights, Modern Times, and The Great Dictator ranked among the classics.

26 December, 7pm
Sufi Bookstore, 12 Sayed El-Bakry street, Zamalek, Cairo

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