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Films for Live Orchestral Screenings

Feature Films : The Gold Rush - The Circus - City Lights -The Kid - Modern Times* - Woman of Paris

Shorts : A Dog’s Life - Shoulder Arms - The Pilgrim - Pay Day - The Idle Class - Sunnyside - A Day’s Pleasure

*Modern Times is only available for certain conductors, due to the difficulty of synchronizing the very fast score with the images.

Film Format (35mm & Digital)

Depending on the title, the films are available in the following 4 formats: 35 mm film print, DCP (Digital Cinema Package), HDCAM or DigiBeta. The quality of the screening is of utmost importance to us, so we insist on DCP or 35 mm print screenings whenever possible. Other formats may be available for small venues, depending on the title.

DCP is the best option. A DCP is a specialist hard disk designed specifically for digital cinema servers to ingest from. A 2K projector (eg. Christie, Nek, Barco, Sony) is required. Projections must adhere to the Digital Cinema Standard according to the DCI standard (see www.dcimovies.com). Our DCPs are “open”: we do not deliver a KDM (Key Delivery Message), and therefore do not need your server details.

35 mm is excellent quality, as well, but bear in mind that shipping is more expensive for you and we expect our prints to be returned in the same condition you receive them. For 35 mm, an excellent projectionist and sometimes a variable speed projector, depending on the title, is required. The projection speeds of some of the films (THE GOLD RUSH, THE KID/THE IDLE CLASS, THE CHAPLIN REVUE, PAY DAY) are different from modern day prints and require expert handling. The other films are normal 35mm, 24 frames per second, sound prints (soundtrack= sound effects only), or silent in the case of The Circus, after the opening sequence of Chaplin’s song.

If DCP is really not possible, certain titles are available in HDCAM, which will require an HD projector with HD-SDI input.

We are phasing out our Digibetas and do not recommend them. These are only to be used as a last resort. PAL DigiBeta is preferable to NTSC. NTSC has a blurred effect when someone in the film moves their arm, for example. PAL DigiBeta does not do away with this blurring altogether (DCP DOES) but is nevertheless better.

All films are original version with English intertitles. DCP is the only format we have with subtitles available in certain foreign languages. If you are in a non-English-speaking country and you are not using DCP, or if our DCP does not have your language, you will need to organize electronic subtitling at your own expense. We will provide the English intertitle texts in a Word document to help you do so.

Film Hire

Please tell us if you wish to do a performance for schools or if you need special favours for any particular reason.
We are open to persuasion!


Main Contact

Roy Export S.A.S.
Contact: Arnold Lozano
Tel: +33 1 40 26 31 23
Fax: +33 1 42 36 42 90
Email: office@charliechaplin.com
Site: www.charliechaplin.com

Contact for Germany

Europäische FilmPhilharmonie - EFPI - GmbH
Contact: Beate Warkentien
Charlottenstr. 65 I 10117 Berlin
Tel: +49 3027890 194
Fax: +49 30 27890 195
Email: warkentien@filmphilharmonie.de
Site: www.filmphilharmonie.de

Contact for German-speaking Switzerland

Brothers & Sisters GmbH
Contact: Ivo Gmür
Hüttenrain 8 I CH-8143 Stallikon
Tel: +41 79 593 82 11
Email: ivogmuer@brothers-sisters.ch
Site: www.brothers-sisters.ch

Contact for Italy

Contact: Mario Giovanni Ingrassia
Via Faentina 238B I 50133 Florence
Tel: +39 055 0516760
Email: mgingrassia@mamusic.it
Site: www.mamusic.it

Scores for Live Orchestral Screenings

The scores to City Lights, Modern Times, The Circus, The Gold Rush, Shoulder Arms, A Dog’s Life, and The Pilgrim were restored for modern day orchestral use and live orchestral screenings by Timothy Brock.

The scores to The Kid and The Idle Class were restored for modern day orchestral use and live orchestral screenings by Carl Davis.

Reduced orchestrations of The Kid, The Gold Rush, A Dog’s Life, Shoulder Arms and The Pilgrim to enable smaller venues and musical ensembles to present a film with live music are also available

Music Hire

You also need to apply to our music publishers, details follow, giving size of hall, ticket prices, number of seats etc, and they will establish the music hire (and performance fees if you do not wish to pay performance fees to your local collection organisation). To give you an idea, their music hire is approx USD 800 – USD 1200 per performance, plus shipment costs, (plus a refundable deposit).


Bourne Co.
35 West 45th Street, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10036
Tel: (212) 391-4300
Fax: (212) 391-4306
E-Mail: Bourne@bournemusic.com
Site: www.bournemusic.com

The following perusal scores are now available on bournemusic

City Lights - Modern Times - The Circus - The Gold Rush (full and reduced scores) - The Idle Class - The Kid (full and reduced scores) – A Dog’s Life (reduced score) – Shoulder Arms (full and reduced scores).

Scroll down the list until you get to “WORKS ON RENTAL, Orchestra”, where you will find the Chaplin titles in the alphabetical list.