Films to debut at Silent Film Festival

Newly discovered footage of Charlie Chaplin at play, lensed by a young Alistair Cooke, makes its bigscreen debut when Italy’s 26th Pordenone Silent Film Festival kicks off, Oct. 6-13.

Cooke himself thought the 15 minutes he shot in 1933 on Chaplin’s yacht off Catalina Island were lost, but literary executor Colin Webb alerted Chaplin scholar David Robinson of the find, and Robinson, as artistic director of the festival, squeezed it into this year’s program. Cooke was 24 and a student at Yale when he pitched a series of star interviews to Blighty’s the Observer Sunday paper.

Sharing the spotlight at Pordenone this year is a series devoted to little-known Weimar titles as well as a tribute to Rene Clair.

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