The Golden Age of Hollywood

(Cross-posted from the Charlie Chaplin group)

A while back I attended a performance by Dan Kamin. He is the guy who coached Robert Downey, Jr. in how to portray Chaplin in the movie about him, as well as Johnny Depp, and he created the physical comedy sequences in Chaplin and Benny and Joon.

The performance was actually a mixture of performance, interactive lecture with lots of audience participation, and a screening of a Chaplin short, The Pawn Shop, which Kamin has had restored at his own expense. (He can't release this restoration, unfortunately, because of copyright restrictions, but I got to see in on a fairly large screen.) After the screening, Kamin discussed the film with the audience and pointed out how and why Chaplin does what he does. It was fascinating, insightful, and also really entertaining. Kamin is a very clever and funny performer, and I was thoroughly impressed with both his knowledge and his stage presence.

The name of this event was called, I believe, "The Comedy of Charlie Chaplin," which is also the title of a book he has written. I highly recommend both. If you ever get a chance to see Kamin perform, grab it--you won't be disappointed, I promise. He's unlike anyone I've ever seen. You can look up his schedule of performances or contact him at his website,

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Thanks Rosie for this info.  He sounds fascinating.  And glad there's a book.


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