Charlie Chaplin Returns to BIFF in The Kid
One of the most popular elements of the Beloit International Film Festival each year comes on the second weekend of the Festival with the BMO Harris Silent Film Showcase. This year, Charlie Chaplin returns in The Kid, and in his most memorable role as the Little Tramp.
Joining the production to provide the musical backdrop will once again be the award-winning Beloit Memorial High School Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Chris Behrens. The outstanding ensemble will play an hour-long score specially created for the event. This will be the third consecutive silent film performance by the nationally recognized ensemble.
BIFF Executive Director Marty Densch says “BIFF is once again tremendously proud to partner with such a marvelous collection of young local talent for our flagship film event. It is a great combination of the best in film and music.”
The opening title of the 1921 Chaplin masterpiece reads: “A comedy with a smile—and perhaps a tear.” It’s Charlie at his best as The Tramp, who finds himself taking care of an abandoned child and facing a series of events that put their relationship in jeopardy. Hijinks, pratfalls, comedy and drama as only Chaplin can create.
The program will be presented at Beloit Memorial High School auditorium, 1225 4th St., at 7 p.m on March 2. Tickets are $20 and children are $5. The venue offers adequate seating and convenient parking.
The Beloit International Film Festival this year marks its 14th season as the region’s major international cultural event. BIFF is sponsored by the Hendricks Family Foundation and Visit Beloit in association with Beloit College. Support for the Festival comes from area businesses and civic organizations, and the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts. Critical individual support for BIFF is provided through gifts and membership in the BIFF Founders and the Film Society of Beloit.