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Charlie Chaplin: The Mutual Comedies 1916-1917 (2-Disc Blu-ray Set)


Release date: 18 May 2015

The twelve films Chaplin made for the Mutual Film Corporation from 1916-17 formed the most inventive and liberating period of his career, and are brought together for the first time on this two-disc box set.

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Charlie Chaplin entered the film industry in 1914 and by 1916 was the highest paid entertainer in the world after signing a contract with the Mutual Film Corporation for a salary of $670,000. Mutual built Chaplin his very own studio and allowed him total freedom to make 12 two-reel films during a 12-month period, which have been brought together for the first time on this two-disc box set. Chaplin subsequently recognised this period of film-making as the most inventive and liberating of his career.
These twelve films demonstrate the breadth of Chaplin’s abilities as both a physical slapstick actor and a subtle, endearing character actor. The collection includes the slapstick custard pie fights of Behind the Screen and his first minor masterpiece, The Vagabond, where he successfully combines pathos and comedy to create a lyrical love story.

This collection of Chaplin films has been fully restored and features music by acclaimed silent film composer Carl Davis.

Titles included:

  • The Floorwalker
  • The Fireman
  • The Vagabond
  • One A.M.
  • The Count
  • The Pawnshop
  • Behind The Screen
  • The Rink
  • Easy Street
  • The Cure
  • The Immigrant
  • The Adventurer


  • All films fully restored in High Definition
  • Scores by Carl Davis on all 12 films
  • Alternative scores for each film by a range of composers, including Neil Brand, Antonio Coppola and Stephen Horne
  • Audio commentaries for all films by Frank Scheide, Glenn Mitchell, Dan Kamin, Hooman Mehran, Bryony Dixon, Michael J Hayde and Carl Davis
  • Chaplin Signs the Mutual Contract (1916, 25 secs)
  • Charlie on the Ocean to England (1921, 5 mins)
  • An Interview with Carl Davis (2003, 9 mins)
  • Fully illustrated booklet with new essays by Michael J Hayde, Dan Kimin, Glenn Mitchell and Carl Davis; full film credits.
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SKU 5035673012109
Catalogue Number BFIB1210
Product contents 2 discs
Year 1916-1917
Format Blu-Ray
Publisher(s) BFI
Countries UK
Aspect ratio 1.33:1
Colour B&W
Sound Silent / DTS-HD master audio (1509kbps) and PCM 2.0 stereo audio (48k/24-bit)
Subtitles English intertitles
Language(s) Silent
Running time 356 mins
Blu-ray region B
Certificate PG
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