Send in the Clowns

With musical accompaniment by Ben Model

Thursday, December 24, 2009, 1:30 p.m.

Theater 3 (The Celeste Bartos Theater), mezzanine, The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building

Includes the following films:

  • The Butcher Boy

    1917. USA. Directed by Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle. With Arbuckle, Buster Keaton. Silent, with French intertitles. 22 min.

  • A Night Out

    1915. USA. Directed by Charles Chaplin. With Chaplin, Ben Turpin, Edna Purviance. Silent. 18 min.

  • The Rounders

    1914. USA. Directed by Charles Chaplin. With Chaplin, Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle. Silent. 8 min.

  • The Knockout

    1914. USA. Directed by Mack Sennett. With Charles Chaplin, Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle, Edgar Kennedy. Silent. 22 min.

  • Caught in a Cabaret

    1914. USA. Directed by Mabel Normand. With Normand, Charles Chaplin. Silent. 15 min.

  • Max et son chien Dick

    1912. France. Directed by Max Linder. With Linder. Silent, with German intertitles. 6 min.

Throughout the silent era an enormous number of talented comedians, mostly refugees from music halls, entertained worldwide audiences with antics that we call “slapstick.” The first of these notables was the Frenchman Max Linder (1883–1925), who committed suicide after a failed Hollywood venture, but not before exerting an enormous influence on Charles Chaplin. Mack Sennett (1880–1960) went from being an actor for D. W. Griffith to founding his own Keystone Studio, a comedy factory that dominated the field and produced the likes of Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle (1887–1933), Mabel Normand (c. 1894–1930), and Chaplin (1889–1977). Buster Keaton (1895–1966) became apprentice to Arbuckle after Fatty left Sennett.

In the Film exhibition An Auteurist History of Film

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