‘Charlie Chaplin’s Forgotten Feature: A Countess from Hong Kong’
Fri, August 31, 2012 • 2:45 PM - 4:30 PM • Tom Lea Rooms, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center 3.206
A Countess from Hong Kong (1967) was the last film Chaplin ever made and one of only two that he directed but in which he did not appear. Pilloried by the press, the film can be seen in retrospect as a belated return to form. Absent the Tramp, Chaplin’s work as a director comes to the foreground, illuminating a distinctive and powerful approach to cinematographic technique that reaches back even to the era of his greatestsilent achievements.
Donna Kornhaber is Assistant Professor in the English Department. She received her Ph.D. from Columbia University, her M.F.A. in Screenwriting from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, and her B.F.A. from NYU Film School. In addition to her academic work, she has worked professionally in film and has served as a contributor to the Arts & Leisure section of the New York Times.