1118 Fourth Street
San Rafael, California 94901

Visual effects supervisor Craig Barron, silent film historian John Bengtson and sound designer Ben Burtt will examine the filmmaking techniques and Hollywood landmarks hidden in one of Charlie Chaplin's greatest films, the 1936 comedy classic Modern Times. This virtuoso work- written, produced and directed by Chaplin- marks the Little Tramp's final film appearance and is arguably the culmination of the silent film era, having been released several years into the age of talkies.

Our technical historians will screen a 35mm print from a high-definition digital restoration, but the show doesn't stop there. In Modern Times Chaplin made significant use of technical effects, such as matte shots, process shots, miniatures and rear projection to complement real-life industrial settings.

Barron and Bengtson will provide a multimedia tour of 1930s Los Angeles, offering a visual treasure-hunt of an evolving city that served as a backdrop for Chaplin's art. Rare behind-the-scenes photos will reveal how the film's many special effects were created. In addition, Burtt will discuss Chaplin's selective use of sound effects and peripheral dialogue in this unique film comedy.

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