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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

THE CHAPLIN CENTENNIAL: A CHAPLIN NOVELLA AND MODERN TIMES


THE CHAPLIN CENTENNIAL: A CHAPLIN NOVELLA AND MODERN TIMES
5 February, 2014

This is a special and exciting week for fans of Chaplin and classic cinema. And if you’re a fan of either, you’re a fan of both.



This week we celebrate and mark the historic occasions when Chaplin made his film debut (“Making a Living”, Keystone, released 2 February, 1914), and his character The Little Tramp made his debut (“Kid Auto Races at Venice”, Keystone, released 7 February, 1914).
  
And today, as we mark the debut of Modern Times, which opened on February 5th, 1936 and was the last screen appearance of Chaplin’s Little Tramp character, it was announced that a novella written by Chaplin will be published. 

Chaplin’s only known work of fiction (he had also written and published his biography in his lifetime in 1964, and a photobook called “My Life in Pictures” in 1974, “Footlights” is a novella that is the precursor to the screenplay and film LIMELIGHT. 


CHAPLIN’S NOVELLA “FOOTLIGHTS”
“Footlights” was written in 1948, and was reconstructed by Chaplin biographer and film historian David Robinson, and researchers at the Cineteca di Bolongna, an Italian film restoration institute. Multiple drafts of the manuscript to “Footlights” were found in the Chaplin archives in Switzerland, and the Chaplin Estate gave the parties permission to reconstruct the literary work. The novella essentially tells the story told in Chaplin’s film LIMELIGHT, but has a more somber, sadder edge to it.

The novella can be ordered from Amazon or from Cineteca HERE. It goes on sale at The British Film Institute on Tuesday.

Here is a charming scene with Chaplin and Claire Bloom:



MODERN TIMES

 Chaplin’s last film to use his immortal character of The Little Tramp opened on 5 February, 1936. Chaplin’s Jewish Barber in THE GREAT DICTATOR, although bearing a great resemblance to the tramp, was quite a different little fellow.

Here is the classic factory scene from MODERN TIMES:





Original Images and Text © Mark Redfield 2014

Sunday, February 2, 2014

CHAPLIN CENTENNIAL: THE GREAT ACTOR DEBUTS IN CINEMA 100 YEARS AGO ON 2 FEBRUARY ,1914

MAKING A LIVING debuted 100 year ago today...

Charlie Chaplin's first appearance in a motion picture by the public was in the Keystone comedy Making a Living, released on 2 February, 1914.



The familiar and beloved Little Tramp character is not to be found in this knock-about farce from Mack Sennett's comedy factory. Chaplin plays a very different type in his motion picture debut.

Making a Living was directed by Henry "Pathe" Lehrman (nicked named "Pathe" by D.W. Griffith himself, for Lehman lied about working with the French company Pathe in order to be hired whe he started with Griffith and Biograph in New York years before...).

 Chaplin (left) and Henry "Pathe" Lehrman (right).

Making a Living features Chaplin as a sharp swindler "Edgar English", Virginia Kirtley as the daughter, Alice Davenport as the Mother, Henry Lehrman as the Reporter, Minta Durfee as the Woman and Chester Conklin as the Policeman (and as a bum). The infamous Keystone Cops also make an appearance and help give chase at the end.

Here is a print of the film:



Saturday, February 1, 2014

CELEBRATING CHAPLIN'S CENTENNIAL 1914-2014

This year I'll be posting a great deal about one of my favorite actors and filmmakers--Charles Chaplin.

Having spent chunks of my life studying his work and his life, I find myself compelled once again to look at his work closely in the hopes of learning, and enjoying, so much more.

Here's to Charlie--the master poet of the cinema!

-Mark Redfield
1 February, 2014

"Charlie" (2009) by Mark Redfield
Acrylic on canvas. 18x24


Original Images and Text © Mark Redfield 2014

Sunday, December 15, 2013

PETER O'TOOLE August 2, 1932 -- December 15, 2013

The great actor Peter O'Toole died today, Sunday, December 15, 2013. He was 81 years-old.

Peter O'Toole as Lawrence in LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (1962)


Here are trailers to three films that showcase three of his many incredible film performances.

MY FAVORITE YEAR (1982)





THE RULING CLASS (1972)





LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (1962)




Shhh! I'm listening to Poe Forevermore Radio Theater!

Performing and producing audio books and audio plays has been a-longtime coming for me, as I've been plotting and planning to do this for many years. My new work is produced under the umbrella of Poe Forevermore Radio Theater by Damfino Media.

The goal for me as actor and producer of audio books and plays is to make the words themselves disappear into feeling and experience. I love the art form of vocal/audio performance, audio book readings and audio plays.

Please join me. I'll be talking about each new project in detail here on AN ACTOR'S NOTEBOOK.

And it's okay to shush people when listening to Poe Forevermore Radio Theater!

"Shhhh! I'm listening to Poe Forevermore Radio Theater!"

If you love listening to great audio books and plays, Poe Forevermore Radio Theater is your place!  http://www.poeforevermore.com/poe-radio.html

Tell your audio-listening loving friends, too! Thanks!

New titles coming!

www.poeforevermore.com


Mark Redfield
15 December, 2013

Original Images and Text © Mark Redfield 2013

Saturday, December 14, 2013

WHY 'A CHRISTMAS CAROL'?

WHY 'A CHRISTMAS CAROL'?

I chose this story by Charles Dickens because the characters are so vivid. They are delightful to play. And the story makes me very happy. It's that simple as to why I chose it for audio book performance.

The goal for me as actor and producer of audio books and plays is to make the words themselves disappear into feeling and experience.

I hope you enjoy listening to it as much as I love performing it.

-Mark Redfield
www.poeforevermore.com








A CHRISTMAS CAROL is available now: http://www.poeforevermore.com/poe-radio-a-christmas-carol.html

Original Images and Text © Mark Redfield 2013

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

TEMPEST IN A TEAPOT--PRELUDE TO THE STORM

It's been sometime since I wrote and published anything here, but my recent experience, as horrific as it was, prompts me to re-examine and re-look at some things.

So, I'm back.

Back to continue to muse aloud and investigate just what it is that I do as an actor, and any-old-other-thing that strikes my fancy that's related to the art and craft of acting.

We resume this parade of thoughts, questions, and the search for answers with a seven-part series of essays  I'll call Tempest in a Teapot, inspired by a production of Shakespeare's The Tempest that I was recently invited to join to play Prospero (after the original Prospero quit, along with the co-director--that should have been enough of a warning!) and the very same production that I quit two days before opening night.



Much to talk about. Glad to be back talking about it with fellow actors and people who are interested in just what it is that we actors do.

Part One of TEMPEST IN A TEAPOT will begin when I think the time is right, and ripe!

Mark Redfield
27 August, 2013

Original Images and Text © Mark Redfield 2013


Monday, December 17, 2012

Redfield's Cartoonarama: CHARLIE CHAPLIN




"I remain just one thing, and one thing only, and that is a clown. 
It places me on a far higher plane than any politician."

- Charlie Chaplin

This cartoon of Chaplin was painted in 2012. Acrylic on canvas. 18x24. © Mark Redfield

To purchase an original painting, please visit my Etsy shop HERE:



Tuesday, December 4, 2012

HELPING THE POE HOUSE IN BALTIMORE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON


HELPING THE POE HOUSE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

MY performance of A CHRISTMAS CAROL. Incidental music by Bill Dickson. 100% of the profits of the purchase of this mp3 will be donated to The Poe House in Baltimore in 2013.

For download for ipod, ipad, and iphone and other devices. But really for your entertainment this holiday season!

My reading performance of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" runs approximately 1 hour. I used the cutting that Dickens used for public reading. The download is $4.99 (CDBabay takes a small cut) and the profits will be donated to The Poe House in Baltimore next year.

About the recording:

A CHRISTMAS CAROL
performed by Mark Redfield, music by Bill Dickson

Since 1843, A Christmas Carol has delighted millions around the globe and has come to embody the spirit of Christmas for all who have been touched by its magic. Your favorite characters come vividly to life in this rich performance by Mark Redfield. With wonderful music by Bill Dickson, gather ’round this holiday season to hear the beauty and timeless art that is Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.

"Redfield's meticulous diction, perceptive phrasing, excellent transitions and impeccable timing make his Scrooge the finest we have heard. His is a classic interpretation that is almost Shakespearean."
- The Baltimore Sun



Thank you, and I hope that you enjoy it. It's one of my favorite stories!


ORDER IT HERE http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/markredfield


Monday, November 12, 2012

Poe Forevermore Magazine


INSIDE OUR PREMIERE ISSUE!
-Mystery, horror and science fiction the way you like it!
-New Fiction by Rafael Alvarez, David Gerrold, Larry Blamire and others!
-Poe House Writing Contest Winners!
-A World Premiere English Translation of a fiery story by Stefan Grabinski, translated by Miroslaw Lipinski!
-We extract Poe’s “Berenice” with features and articles that examine what remains!
-An interview with Stephen Rebello, author of “Alfred Hitchcock and the making of PSYCHO”, about his research and the new movie starring Anthony Hopkins!
-“Comfort on the Seine” by Stephen Volk. Wherein a young Sherlock Holmes meets an old Auguste Dupin—and reveals one of Poe’s greatest secrets!
OUR COVER ART “Poe’s Progeny” is by Cortney Skinner.

All this and more in our premiere issue of POE FOREVERMORE: TALES OF MYSTERY AND IMAGINATION!

POE FOREVERMORE MAGAZINE is published by Damfino Media, Mark Redfield (Publisher and Editor)

SUBSCRIBE NOW! HERE

Sunday, April 1, 2012

LON CHANEY: Union Man

Remembering Lon Chaney on the anniversary of his birth, April 1, 1883.

Chaney and his famous make-up box.

A personal hero of mine, both artistically and professionally.

Lon Chaney, pre-Screen Actors Guild and American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, was a staunch unionist, proud of his membership in the Theatrical Stage Employees union in the early 20th Century. After his star rose, and he could develop large projects that propelled him to even greater stardom (in roles like Quasimodo and The Phantom for Universal Pictures) he continued to look-out for his fellow actors. Like James Cagney in a later generation, he would often end a work day with a lot of actors on the call sheet before all was shot, knowing full-well they'd get to be employed one more day, or more.

Chaney passed away, of throat cancer, on August 26th, 1930. At the height of stardom with MGM, he was only 47-years-old.

-Mark Redfield, April 1, 2012

Friday, March 30, 2012

A HISTORIC MOMENT: SAG AND AFTRA MERGE, BECOME ONE UNION

TODAY, MARCH 30th, 2012, The Screen Actors Guild and The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists have merged, and became one union.  SAG members voted 82% in favor, and AFTRA members voted 86% in favor.



The Membership of both unions have voted; have spoken. As a proud member of the unions I am very happy and very proud of my union brothers and sisters for bringing this about.. Not since the brave souls who founded SAG in 1933 has there been a more important event than this merger of the two unions. And today, with this historic occasion, we must remember that nothing will have changed. And everything will have changed.


Nothing will have changed, as we will continue to work on Monday (or the next) morning under existing contracts.


Everything will have changed, as we will have Co-Presidents at the helm, leading a single board of combined board members.


And this is where the real change will begin, during this year-and-a-half before the next elections. During that time many operational details will be finessed; some hammered, out. We will also be focusing on upcoming contracts negotiations. And in that time the trustees of the P&H Plans will consider, investigate, and affect the combination of the Plans...this is the hard work ahead; a thousand issues; a million details. Although meticulous groundwork has been laid, this is only the beginning of a journey.

Today we are SAG-AFTRA in name. On Monday we go to work.

Stay involved.

-Mark Redfield
Member
SAG-AFTRA 

 

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

"TISH! THAT'S FRENCH!" (John Astin as Gomez) by Mark Redfield (2012)

This large cartoon of John Astin as "Gomez" is offered for auction as a fundraiser for The Poe House and Museum in Baltimore. Signed by the artist, Mark Redfield, and autographed by Mr. Astin, it comes to the winner framed, as shown.






Mark Redfield and John Astin, March, 2012

John Astin has been a friend for a few years now, and this large cartoon of him as Gomez Addams from the TV show "The Addams Family", was displayed at an event called "Poe Forevermore" in Baltimore, Maryland on March 3rd, 2012, at a fundraiser for The Poe House and Museum in Baltimore.

In 2010, the City of Baltimore eliminated the funding of the Poe House and Museum, and Mr. Astin and I (with many, many others) have been doing all we can to keep the doors of the Poe House open to the public! All proceeds from the auction of this painting will go to the Poe House.

Mr. Astin has been a long-time supporter of the Poe House, performing readings for events, and has played Edgar Allan Poe in his own one-,man show. Mr. Astin autographed the cartoon of "Gomez" just above the shoulder (as seen in the accompanying photo).



John Astin autographs "Gomez", March, 2012


The original acrylic painting measures 24"x30". The measurements of the framed painting is approximately 33 1/2" x 39 1/2".

On behalf of The Poe House, John Astin and myself, that you for bidding on this item, and thank you for your support of the Poe House and Museum in Baltimore!

-Mark Redfield

The auction is HERE.

Information about the Poe House and Museum in Baltimore is HERE.