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Chaplin’s masterpiece of silent film to be shown at MK Gallery

Date Posted:09/12/2015

Chaplin MK GalleryThis Sunday 13 December at 11am MK Gallery presents a  special screening of one of acknowledged masterpieces of silent film – the 1931 classic movie City Lights (Cert. U; 84 mins) featuring Charlie Chaplin. Tickets costing £5 (concessions £3) and can be booked via and there is a special family ticket offer of £12 (2 adults and up to 4 children aged under 18).

The film tells the sentimental story of a downtrodden Tramp who is mistaken for a wealthy benefactor by a blind and impoverished flower girl.  Yielding some of Chaplin’s most ingenious comic set-pieces, the film includes a classic sequence in which the Tramp becomes an unwilling contestant in a boxing ring. The closing scene, after it dawns on the blind flower girl who her sponsor really was, is counted amongst the most moving in cinema.  Although by 1931 ”talkies” were the industry norm, Chaplin was sufficiently independent to be able to make City Lights as a silent film, preferring the purity of mute pantomime for the antics of  his iconic Tramp character.  The film was a huge success with audiences, who responded to the film’s exquisitely poised balancing act between humour and pathos.

Inspired by Chaplin’s classic physical comedy, on the same day MK Gallery hosts a drama workshop called Fools for Love,  suitable for drama students, adult  theatre makers and those starting out in the profession.  The workshop is led by Clive Mendus (from the internationally acclaimed company Complicité) who is currently working at The National Theatre as movement director on their production of As You Like It. , Participants will use slapstick clowning and everyday objects, combining the playful and the plain silly, to explore how 'love doth make fools of us all'.
To find out more about the film and the workshop, please visit the gallery’s website at