Sunday, April 17, 2011

Charlie Chaplin Gets A Birthday 'Doodle' From Google

He's a comedy and cinema legend, a man still cited as an inspiration decades after his death. And now, in honor of what would have been his 122nd birthday, Charlie Chaplin has inspired one of the most ambitious Google "doodles" ever. On Friday, the space on Google's homepage that usually contains its multicolored logo instead featured a black-and-white YouTube tribute to Chaplin, whose birthday is Saturday. The short "silent" film is Google's first-ever video doodle and was created with the help of the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum.  Read the full article by CNN's Doug Gross here.

The Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum is more than a repository of photographs, posters, books and artifacts; it is a resource for all facets of silent film-making, from their planning and production to their presentation.  The museum offers a way to rediscover America's movie pioneers, and see their  remarkable work in an authentic setting - a theater where Charlie Chaplin and his contemporaries, saw themselves on the screen. This museum keeps the spirit of silent films alive.  Read more about the Silent Theaters Programs here.