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Pryor Center Presents: Discovering a Lost Film Among Charlie Chaplin's Outtakes
Start Date: 1/30/2019Start Time: 6:00 PM
End Date: 1/30/2019End Time: 7:00 PM
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The David and Barbara Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual History in the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences resumes its 2018–19 signature lecture series at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, January 30 with "Pryor Center Presents: Discovering a Lost Film among Charlie Chaplin's Outtakes" featuring Frank Scheide, professor in the Department of Communication.

In 1999 the British Film Institute in London invited Frank Scheide to catalog a collection of 423 cans of 35mm film outtakes which had been featured in Kevin Brownlow and David Gill's documentary series about Charlie Chaplin entitled Unknown Chaplin. On the first day of cataloging, Scheide discovered outtakes from a lost and forgotten feature film entitled King, Queen, Joker, which had been produced by Charlie Chaplin's brother, Sydney, to fulfill his 1919 million-dollar contract with Paramount. Based upon the outtakes and a surviving synopsis, Scheide determined that Sydney Chaplin's King, Queen, Joker was a prototype for Charlie Chaplin’s 1940 anti-Hitler film classic The Great Dictator—a connection scholars had not previously made.

In this presentation, Scheide will discuss why the Chaplin outtakes are important to scholars, share his research on King, Queen, Joker and describe how he reconstructed this historically significant, lost Sydney Chaplin feature from its outtakes. Additional information on this BFI collection can be found at
The Pryor Center is located at 1 East Center Street, Suite 120, and parking is available on the Fayetteville Square. The event is free and open to the public.
Contact Information:
Name: Susan Kendrick-Perry
Phone: 479-575-6829
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