Great Londoner show brings into focus silent star's Lambeth life
CHARLIE CHAPLIN lives again thanks to a new exhibition which opens today at the London Film Museum on the South Bank.
Billed Charlie Chaplin – The Great Londoner, the show does what it says on the tin and puts particularly emphasis on the great silent star's years in our city, as well as covering his rise to superstardom in Hollywood's first golden age.
Chaplin grew up within a stone's throw of the museum, in Lambeth, where his parents were music hall performers, a line of work followed by their son to great effect before his emigration over the Atlantic.
One of Chaplin's last films, Limelight, was based on his recollections of London's music hall scene and serves as a handy bookend to the current exhibition.
Once this London-centred show is over, Chaplin will keep his place in the museum's own limelight in a permanent display called Charles Chaplin – Citizen of the World.
Charlie Chaplin – The Great Londoner opens today, 5 January. Entry is priced at £12.