“Forgotten Hollywood”- A Museum For the Tramp…

Posted on April 17, 2016 by raideoman1 | No Comments

Manny P. here…

   The legacy of the Hollywood legend behind The Dictator and Modern Times lives on today in the minds of stars like Johnny Depp and Robert Downey Jr. on Broadway, and in the cultural consciousness. But, he never had a brick-and-mortar museum honoring his life achievements.

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   That changed Sunday with the public opening of Chaplin’s World, a multi million-dollar project in the Swiss village of Corsier-sur-Vevey. The immersive museum is the first of its kind in the world to honor Charlie Chaplin, and has added value because it’s at a place he called home.

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   Built in 1840, the Manoir de Ban is where Chaplin lived his last 25 years raising children, writing music and movie scripts, and contemplating his legacy far from the glare of the Hollywood spotlight. Visitors can see his trademark bowler hat and cane, a replica studio, and the bedroom where he died at age 88 in 1977. The museum will screen endless clips from his films in the 150-seat cinema, and provide interactive exhibits. To complete Chaplin’s portrait as a writer, composer and producer, the project developers have access to his 81 films, 15,000 photos stocked at the Elysée Museum in Lausanne, and 200,000 documents archived in Montreux. In a case, there is the certificate signed by Queen Elizabeth II when Chaplin was knighted in 1975. And in another, there is his honorary Academy Award, and the Oscar he won for the score of Limelight.

epa05261180 A visitor named Gus poses with a wax figure of Charlie Chaplin during the inauguration and the opening of the museum "Chaplin's World by Grevin" at the Manoir de Ban, in Corsier, above Vevey, Switzerland, 16 April 2016. Chaplin's World, a museum on English comic actor, filmmaker, and composer Charlie Chaplin, is set in a 14 hectare park of lush trees, it occupies the mansion where Chaplin lived his last 25 years. EPA/LAURENT GILLIERON

   Working with Paris’ Grevin Museum, which is known for its wax figures, managers have displayed a number of figures of Chaplin (above), as well as friends like Albert Einstein and Winston Churchill on the green 35-acre grounds along Lake Geneva. There are spectacular outdoor views of the Alps, and a café located in an old farm house.

Logo-chaplinsworld-sd   About two dozen of his children and grandchildren were on hand for a ribbon-cutting ceremony Saturday, which was Chaplin’s birthday. Organizers are hoping for more than 300,000 annual visits, with help from a nearby chocolate factory and a medieval castle.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

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