City Lights, an American silent romantic-comedy film considered by many to be Charlie Chaplin’s masterpiece, premiered at the Los Angeles Theatre on this day 85 years ago with Albert Einstein as the guest of honour. It was the first time a gala premiere was held in downtown Los Angeles instead of in Hollywood.  Read more at The American Film Institute.

More information about City Lights, which Orson Welles said to be his favourite film of all time, may be found here. You may also enjoy reading Trivia about the film here.

In addition, you may also be interested in TCM’s article on City Lights.

Information about Charlie Chaplin’s life and his work can be found at Charlie Chaplin – Official Website which includes an article on Filming City Lights.

 

 

The meeting of Chaplin and Einstein seems to have drawn some curiosity. At the Los Angeles premier, Einstein is reported to have said to Chaplin: ‘What I most admire about your art, is your universality. You don’t say a word, yet the world understands you!  To which Chaplin replied:  ‘True. But your glory is even greater! The whole world admires you, even though they don’t understand a word of what you say’.  Another version is the following quote by Charlie Chaplin: ‘They cheer me because they all understand me, and they cheer you because no one understands you’ (Quote Investigator).

James Ledger’s When Chaplin met Einstein, a piece specially commissioned by the Fremantle Arts Centre for Soft Soft Loud, premiered on February 13, 2014. A concert review of the piece which was partly inspired by a meeting between those two geniuses and the collision of worlds old and new’ is available here.

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