How to Make Movies


by Carl Davis

First National (1918) Director: Charlie Chaplin
Silent Film
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Commissioned by Thames Television

First Performance
1982, London

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Programme Notes
Starring: Charles Chaplin Director: Charles Chaplin Production Company: First National USA, 1918 Duration: 18 minutes Film Print: B&W print available from Roy Export Co. (Film Speed: 20 frames per second) Premiere with Davis's score: 1982, London 34 Players: I (=picc). I .2(I=Ebcl.II=asax). I - – perc(2): (I=timp) - harp - pno(=cel+harmonium) – strings (mm How to Make Movies features Charlie Chaplin rehearsing and preparing scenes in his own studio. He never Completed the film, but Kevin Brownlow found a Cutting order and edited it as Chaplin intended. Carl Davis's score emulates Chaplin's own style of Composition – Comedy mixed with sentiment - much influenced by English music-hall tradition.

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