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Charlie Chaplin: The Goldrush

A silent film concert

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Arctic Philharmonic opens its autumn season in a familiar style by playing lively orchestral sounds as a historical film comedy screens. Welcome to Charlie Chaplin’s masterpiece The Gold Rush accompanied by playful tones in sinfonietta format.

Sitting in a cinema and watching a classical silent film while an entire orchestra follows the film’s tempo and mood swings is an amazing experience. With The Gold Rush, Chaplin demonstrates his fantastic ability to create humour out of the most desperate situations. This has resulted in some of the most tragicomic moments in the long history of moving pictures. Who can forget the scene where ‘The Tramp’ Charlie shares his old shoe with Big Jim for thanksgiving dinner? Or Chaplin’s legendary bread roll dance?

By this stage, Chaplin was aware of how important it was for his films to be accompanied by music from the orchestra pit that reflected and reinforced the plot in the film. He even composed some of the accompanying music himself. In those days, pianists generally played the music as the film rolled. However, for this performance, no less than 15 musicians will play Timothy Brock’s arrangements of The Gold Rush from 2007 under the direction of Jens Troester.

Chaplin declared several times that The Gold Rush was the film he most wanted to be remembered for.


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Did you know that...

  • The shoe and shoelace that were eaten in the film were in fact made of black liquorice. It is rumoured that Chaplin ate no less than 20 pairs of such shoes during the 63 attempts it took to film the sequence during a three-day period.
  • The extras in the dance sequence were paid $7.50 per day, while the dog in the same sequence earned $35.
  • Chaplin was honoured with his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, but this was removed due to rumours that he supported communism.
  • Chaplin won third prize in a Charlie Chaplin look-alike contest.
  • The Gold Rush was nominated for the Oscars for ‘Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture’ and ‘Best Sound Rcording’ when it was re-released in 1942.
  • Chaplin broke up with the first of this four wives during the filming of The Gold Rush.
  • Chaplin’s body is buried beneath six feet of concrete for reinforcement because just weeks after his funeral his body was dug up and held for ransom.