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Beyond The Canon: Sidewalk Stories + The Kid

Sun, Apr 28, 2019
  • 2PM
RUN TIME: 150min
MEMBERS: $7.50 (free for Level 4 and above)
+  Intro by filmmaker Charles Lane
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Sunday April 28, 2019
Performances no longer available.

Intro by filmmaker Charles Lane

Sidewalk Stories

Dir. Charles Lane
With Lane, Nicole Alysia, Sandye Wilson
1989, 97min, DCP


Charles Lane’s brilliantly inventive silent homage to Chaplin’s The Kid stars the director as a homeless artist scraping by in New York City. When he winds up caring for an orphaned toddler, the modern-day Little Tramp is whisked along on an alternately comic and heartrending adventure. Shot on the streets of 1980s Greenwich Village, this DIY gem balances charming visual gags with an earnest social realism that doesn’t sugarcoat the struggle of life on the streets.

The Kid

Dir. Charlie Chaplin
With Chaplin, Jackie Coogan, Edna Purviance
1921, 53min, DCP


Charlie Chaplin’s debut feature (he also wrote, directed, produced, and composed music for the film) declares itself from the first title card a “picture with a smile—and, perhaps, a tear.” Abandoned by his mother, a young boy winds up in the care Chaplin’s clownish Little Tramp, who fights to protect him amid feats of transcendentally graceful physical comedy and moments of heart-tugging pathos.

Beyond the Canon: Sidewalk Stories + The Kid
Sidewalk Stories + The Kid

Arguably Sidewalk Stories’ most profound revisionist success is that it asks audiences to care for the well-being of society’s most ignored child: the little black girl.

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