Join us for a summer evening to remember…
A not-so-silent movie night fundraiser!
Charlie Chaplin’s movie classicCity Lights with original musicperformed live by our orchestra.
Gundlach Bundschu Winery • Outdoor Amphitheater
Saturday, June 24, 2017 • 7:00 pm – 10:15 pm
Movie begins at sunset
City Lights, subtitled A Comedy Romance in Pantomime, is generally viewed as Charlie Chaplin’s finest film – a silent film released three years after the start of the talkies era. The movie, a combination of pathos, slapstick and comedy, was a tribute to the art of body language and pantomime and a lone hold-out against the assault of talking pictures. Today, many critics consider it not only the highest accomplishment of Chaplin’s career, but one of the greatest films of all time.
Chaplin paid great attention to the live music played at the first runs of his silent films. In 1931, he astonished the press and the public alike by composing the entire musical score for City Lights. The premieres of the film were among the most brilliant the cinema had ever seen. In Los Angeles, Chaplin’s guest was none other than Albert Einstein. In London, Bernard Shaw sat at his side. City Lights was a critical triumph.