Podcast – The Kid

The CinePunked team mark the centenary of Charlie Chaplin’s first feature film, The Kid.

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With Robert JE Simpson, Dr Rachael Kelly, Ben Simpson.
Produced by Ben Simpson

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Episode URL: https://player.whooshkaa.com/episode?id=578821

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Its a surprise that this is our first pod devoted to a silent film. We’ve never shied away from any particular genre or era, and we hold a great deal of admiration for the silent era – its when film really comes into its own as a distinct art form. In fact, when we started doing some experimental short film work a few years ago, it was a silent film we produced. A purely visual form.

With Rachael and I preparing one of our workshops on the director Charlie Chaplin, this seemed a good an excuse as any to actually look at one of Chaplin’s films. But with some trepidation – Rachael, as she says herself in the pod, is lazy when it comes to silent film, and Ben has never watched one before.

After the usual deliberation we settle on Chaplin’s debut feature The Kid. Although it wasn’t released until 1921, it was filmed during 1919 and 1920, and at the time of our recording session, we are slap bang in the middle of the production centenary. That’s right, this is a 100 year old film.

Our usual blend of production history, critical assessment and sheer joy, makes up the content. Because this is a silent film, I’ve had to forgo the clip format we’ve been using – hopefully the conversation itself will keep your attention throughout.

Recorded in Comber, Northern Ireland on 2 February 2020.
Engineered and mixed by Ben in studio. Final edit by Robert and first published on 21 February 2020.


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