Lokayat organises Screening of Classical Films on Saturday, April 24, 2010

Dear friend,

During this summer, Lokayat is organising screening of a CLASSIC FILM every Saturday for film lovers. The first film screening is scheduled for tomorrow, Saturday, April 24:

Name of Film:  KING IN NEW YORK
Director:          Charlie Chaplin
Duration:         100 mins
Venue:            Lokayat Hall, Opp. Syndicate Bank, Law College Road, Near Nalstop, Pune
Date:              Saturday, April 24, 2010
Time:              6 pm


“One of the minor annoyances in modern life is a revolution.” Due to a revolution in his country, King Igor Shahdov (Charlie Chaplin) comes to New York City with almost no money, his securities having been stolen by his own Prime Minister. He tries to contact the Atomic Energy Commission with his ideas for using atomic power to create a utopia. At a dinner party, some of which is televised live , he reveals he’s had some experience in the theater. He’s approached to do TV commercials but doesn’t like the idea. Later, he does make a few commercials in order to get some money. Invited to speak at a progressive school, he meets Rupert Macabee (Michael Chaplin), editor of the school paper, a ten-year-old historian who gives him a stern anarchist lecture. Although Rupert himself says he distrusts all forms of government, his parents are communists. Shahdov is subsequently suspected as a communist himself and has to face one of McCarthy’s hearings. He is cleared of all charges and decides to join his estranged queen in Paris for a reconciliation. But Rupert’s parents are jailed, and authorities force the child to reveal the names of his parents’ friends. Grieving and guilt-ridden, he is presented to King Shahdov as a “patriot”. Shadov reassures him that the anti-communist scare is a lot of nonsense, and invites him to come to Europe with his parents for a visit. In a cataclismic scene, Shadov accidentally directs a strong stream of water from a fire hose at the members of HUAC, who scatter in panic – a bit of fulfillment, considering Chaplin’s own bitter experience with that body.

The film takes witty potshots at American commercialism, popular music and film. A dinner party scene includes a number of satirical portrayals of actors and public figures of the period.

Entry is free. The screening would be followed by a discussion.



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