Thursday, July 07, 2005

His Musical Career

US 1914. PC: Keystone. D+starring: Charles Chaplin, with Mack Swain. Chaplin Opus 31. 312 m /16 fps/ 18'. Cineteca di Bologna, BFI/NFTVA, Lobster Films – restaurato presso L'Immagine Ritrovata 2005. ♪ Donald Sosin. Thursday 7 July 2005, Cinéma Lumière 1, Il Cinema Ritrovato, Bologna. The model for The Music Box (Laurel & Hardy). Charlie and Mack are piano movers with two orders: to deliver a piano to Mr. Rich and to collect a piano from another address for unpaid installments. The addresses get mixed up. After quite a commotion the piano lands in the lake with a big splash. The most memorable gag: Charlie is unable to straighten up having carried the piano on his back.

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