Contact: Helen Dalrymple (202) 707-1490
February 18, 1994
Screening of Chaplin Film "The Circus" Accompanied by a Live Orchestra at The Breakers in Honor of Librarian of Congress James H. Billington
WHAT: Press preview of screening of silent film "The Circus," accompanied by members of the Florida Philharmonic under the direction of Library of Congress music specialist Gillian Anderson
WHERE: The Breakers, Palm Beach
WHEN: Sunday, February 20, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
WHY: Dress rehearsal of the performance that will be given that evening to an invitation-only audience in honor of Librarian of Congress James H. Billington, hosted by Mrs. Max Fisher and Mrs. Jack Massey, both of Palm Beach, who are members of the Library's private sector national advisory body, the James Madison Council
HOOK: The film is presented with its original 1928 full orchestral accompaniment, not the more recent music familiar to Chaplin fans. The music was discovered by Ms. Anderson in the Chaplin family archives in early 1992; she then painstakingly reconstructed it for its first performance in the fall of 1992. A new print of the film, made by the Chaplin family and on loan to the Library of Congress, is used for the performance.
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