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Charlie Chaplin - The Essanay Films - Vol. 1 [1915]


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  • Actors: Charlie Chaplin, Leo White, Edna Purviance
  • Directors: Charles Chaplin
  • Format: PAL, Black & White
  • Language: Malayalam
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Bfi
  • DVD Release Date: 25 Aug. 2003
  • Run Time: 204 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 52 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B0000AISHV
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 65,539 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Written, directed and starring Charlie Chaplin

In December 1914, Charlie Chaplin began his one-year contract with the Essanay Film Manufacturing Company, shooting films in both their Chicago and California studios. In the one year he made fifteen films, earned an unprecedented salary and established himself as a firm box-office favourite. Audiences around the world clamoured to see his latest Essanay picture.

Unlike other artists, Chaplin had full control over his Essanay films from writing the scripts and directing through to choosing his cast members. Having trouble finding a leading lady, on one occasion he tested a rising young Essanay actress, and then promptly dismissed her. Her name was Gloria Swanson.

The films in this collection include The Champion, in which Charlie is rescued from a boxing match by his faithful dog, His New Job which parodies the filmmaking process, and The Tramp which forever established the image of Charlie's much-beloved lonesome tramp in the popular imagination.

Despite their obvious importance, Charlie's Essanay films have only previously been available in poor or incomplete prints. The films in this edition are the result of a nine-year search to find the best materials. These are the most complete editions available, and include scenes never before seen by audiences in the UK.

Disc One

  • His New Job
  • A Night Out
  • The Champion
  • In the Park

Disc Two

  • A Jitney Elopement
  • The Tramp
  • By the Sea
  • Work
    • DVD Extra features include a photo gallery and essay on Chaplin at Essanay

      USA | 1915 | black & white and tinted | silent with music | 204 minutes | 2 discs | Ratio 1.33:1 | Region 2 DVD

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