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  Edna Purviance and Charles Chaplin.
Photograph: Silent Era image collection.
Also known as Charlie Chaplin’s Burlesque on Carmen and A Burlesque on Carmen in the USA; Charlot joue Carmen in France
(1915) American
B&W : Two reels
Directed by Charles Chaplin

Cast: Charles Chaplin [Darn Hosiery], Edna Purviance [Carmen], Jack Henderson [Lillas Pastia], Ben Turpin [Le Remendado], Leo White [Morales], John Rand [Escamillo], May White [Frasquita], Bud Jamison, Wesley Ruggles [the tramp], Lawrence A. Bowes, Frank J. Coleman

Essanay Film Manufacturing Company production; distributed by V-L-S-E, Incorporated. / Scenario by Charles Chaplin, from the novella Carmen by Prosper Mérimée and the opera Carmen by Georges Bizet (music), Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy (libretto). Cinematography by Harry Ensign. / © 3 April 1916 by Essanay Film Manufacturing Company [LP8013]. Originally released 18 December 1915 (in two reels). Four-reel version premiered [?] 9 or 22? April 1916 (at 3986 feet). / Standard 35mm spherical 1.33:1 format. / The production was shot in the Majestic Studio in Los Angeles. Chaplin’s last official Essanay film. The two-reel version of the film was, in early 1916, expanded to four reels by Essanay with outtakes and new subplot involving Turpin, directed by Leo White. The film (four-reel version) was rereleased in the USA on State Rights basis by Victor Kremer Film Features, Incorporated, in January 1920.


Synopsis: Synopsis available in AFI-F1 n. F1.0643.

Survival status: Prints exist [35mm positive]; in the film holdings of EmGee Film Library [16mm reduction positive]; and in private film collections [16mm reduction positives, 8mm reduction positives].

Current rights holder: Public domain.

Keywords: Criminals: Smugglers - Death: Suicide - Soldiers - Spain - Spanish

Listing updated: 17 May 2012.

References: Film viewing : AFI-F1 nn. F1.0611, F1.0643; Bardèche-History pp. 119-120; Bohn-Light pp. 69, 99; Jacobs-Chaplin p. 136; Kerr-Silent pp. 79, 81, 82, 89; Lahue-World p. 32; Limbacher-Feature p. 34; Skretvedt-LaurelHardy p. 254; Spehr-American p. 597; Tarbox-Lost p. 246; Vermilye-Twenties p. 183; Weinberg-Lubitsch p. 324 : Variety-19191226 p. 223 : Website-AFI.

Home video: DVD.

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