Thursday, February 03, 2011

'Chaplinfest' Comes to Santa Clarita This Weekend

The William S. Hart Museum in the Santa Clarita Valley will celebrate the 75th anniversary of Charlie Chaplin’s "Modern Times" with a two-day event this Friday and Saturday.

Event includes a screening of the 1992 Robert Downey Jr. film "Chaplin," as well as an all-day screening on Saturday of Chaplin's early Keystone Comedies. More info:

Staff from the Natural History Museum and the Hart Museum will display objects including the camera with which Mack Sennett filmed the comedies, and a Keystone Kop’s billy club and helmet.

Later, there is a special Chaplin dinner and screening in Hart Hall, along with a one-time display of movie posters, memorabilia, and original props from the film — donated by Chaplin himself in the late 1930s — including his striped overalls, the oil can, and wrenches from the film’s famous factory scene.

It is the first time these Modern Times artifacts have been on display together. On hand will be movie critic Leonard Maltin and actress Tippi Hedren (who appeared in Chaplin’s last film, A Countess from Hong Kong).

The William S. Hart Park and Museum is located at 24151 Newhall Avenue in Newhall, and was built by silent film star William S. Hart. The 230-acre property, which includes a 22-room mansion, is now jointly operated by the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.

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