Detroit Film Theatre

THE GOLD RUSH (restored original version)

Friday, March 16, 2012 – Sunday, March 25, 2012

 Detroit Film Theatre

(USA/1925—directed by Charles Chaplin)

Prospecting in the wintry turn-of-the-century Klondike, Charlie Chaplin holes up with mountainous pal Mack Swain in an isolated cabin, where desperate hunger makes even an old shoe a sumptuous repast (“Anyone who saw Chaplin eating a boiled shoe like a brook trout has seen perfection,” wrote James Agee); then Charlie starts looking — and acting — like a very big, very edible chicken to the ravenously delirious Swain. His greatest hit and arguably his masterpiece, The Gold Rush bursts with more famous Chaplin moments than any other, including one of the most brilliant dance sequences in film history — done with dinner rolls. Long available theatrically only in Chaplin’s 1942 reissue version, which was re-edited and marred by an ill-conceived narration, this is a new and painstaking restoration of his complete 1925 version — including the subtly and unsettlingly different original ending — restored by historian Kevin Brownlow with a newly-recorded orchestral performance of Chaplin’s own music, arranged and conducted by Timothy Brock with permission from the Chaplin estate. A major cinematic event. EXTRA ADDED ATTRACTION: every screening of The Gold Rush will be preceded by the newly-restored color version of Georges Méliès' charming 1902 fantasy A Trip To The Moon (16 minutes), featuring a new score by the French group Air. (Total program is 104 minutes.)

Proved to doubters that a great comedy could also be a great film… delicate and unforgettable.” –Leonard Maltin

One of the cinema’s great comedies!” –David Robinson, Chaplin

Unmissable! Quintessential Charlie." –Dave Kehr, The New York Times

"An extraordinarily graceful comedy." –Pauline Kael, The New Yorker 

The picture I want to be remembered by. –Charles Chaplin

Friday and Saturday, March 16 and 17 at 7:00 and 9:30 PM
Sunday, March 18 at 2:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m
Friday and Saturday, March 23 and 24 at 9:45 PM
Sunday, March 25 at 4:45 PM