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Gala will celebrate ‘Modern Times’

Brock to conduct musicians' restoration of Chaplin pic's score

This article was corrected on May 3, 2000.

The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra will present its 11th annual Silent Film Gala on June 10 at UCLA’s Royce Hall.

Event combines silent film — this year, Charles Chaplin’s “Modern Times” — with live music performed by LACO.

In addition to writing, directing and starring in the film, Chaplin, who died in 1977, composed the pic’s score, which includes the evergreen “Smile.” Gala reps the world premiere of the score’s restoration.

Timothy Brock, who led the salvage effort, will serve as the evening’s guest conductor. Music director of the Olympia, Wash., Chamber Orchestra, Brock has written scores for such silents as “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari,” “Faust” and “The Last Laugh.” In 1998 he conducted the Silent Film Gala’s presentation of Buster Keaton’s “The General.”

Though “Modern Times” is termed a silent film, the 1936 pic, produced well after the advent of talkies, contains sound effects and gibberish song. A restored soundtrack, effected by Chace Prods., will further enhance the screening. The B&W classic tells the story of a hapless assembly-line worker confronting the perils of the machine age.

Dustin Hoffman, an amateur musician, serves as the event’s honorary chairman. Hanna M. Kennedy, who devised the gala, and Roger L. Mayer, prexy of Turner Entertainment, co-chair the event.

Tickets for the Silent Film Gala are $25, $60 and $225. For more information, call (213) 622-7001, ext. 275.

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