THE VAGABOND (1916).
With a new score by Dan Whitehouse.
Premiering on Monday 5 October 2020
When a penniless busking saloon violinist (Charlie Chaplin) is run out of town, he chances upon an enslaved young woman (Edna Purviance) with a secret even she is unaware of …
Moving away from the scenario-based slapstick films of his early career, by 1916’s The Vagabond Chaplin was beginning to develop a sophisticated cinematic style that combined comedy with drama and pathos that set him apart from his silent peers. Even at the time, critics recognised the film as "an artistic advance" (New York Tribune) for the star.
Dan Whitehouse is a West Midlands-born songwriter and musician. Signed to Reveal Records (home to Lau, Joan As Police Woman and Eddi Reader), Dan's latest release is the double album Dreamland Tomorrow. Combining raw acoustic material with more experimental and electronic-tinged recordings, contributors and collaborators on the collection include Boo Hewerdine, The Little Unsaid's John Elliott, minimalist composer Richard J. Birkin, and BBC Jazz Award winning saxophonist Xhosa Cole.
His first film-related project, Dan created the expressive new soundtrack for Chaplin's The Vagabond while in lockdown.
Available to stream from Monday 5 October 2020, for free. Watch via: youtube.com/bhamcomfest
A Birmingham Comedy Festival Production.
Was Chaplin born in Smethwick?
Find out more about Charlie’s link to the Black Country in Black Patch Park: Birthplace of Charlie Chaplin? - available to watch from Saturday 3 October 2020.
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