Chaplin: Five Films

Registration is now closed. A Newberry Library Adult Education Seminar

This seminar follows five of Charlie Chaplin’s films in a progressive exploration of the filmmaker’s remarkable life and art. Our discussions of The Kid (1921), The Gold Rush (1925), City Lights (1931), Modern Times (1936), and The Great Dictator (1940) will feature close appreciation of Chaplin’s artistic technique and broader reflections on the cultural complexities of the interwar era. Five sessions via Zoom.

Tuesdays 2pm-4pm, November 8 to December 6, 2022
In advance of the first session, please watch The Kid (1921, 53 mins.), available on DVD or streaming at Amazon Prime, Apple TV, Criterion, and HBO Max.

Registration information here.

Materials List
No required books. Recommendations for accessing the feature films will be made available each week, along with additional film clips, brief reading materials, and web links.

Session One
The Kid (1921)

Session Two
The Gold Rush (1925)

Session Three
City Lights (1931)

Session Four
Modern Times (1936)

Session Five
The Great Dictator (1940)

Image: From Chaplin’s Modern Times (1936)