Charlie Chaplin’s granddaughters hosting special screening of “The Artist” – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell Michel Hazanavicius must be over the moon.

The director of the silent comedy “The Artist” is an enormous fan of Charlie Chaplin. And today, the Weinstein Company announces that Carmen and Dolores Chaplin, granddaughters of Hollywood icon, are hosting a special screening of the Oscar contender days before its Nov. 25 theatrical release.

A release informs us that Hazanavicius and his cast members – including wife Berenice Bejo, James Cromwell, Penelope Ann Miller and Uggie the dog – will arrive at the screening in vintage cars from the film.

The screening will take place on Nov. 21, at 7:30 p.m. at The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills. The screening will be followed by a reception and Q-and-A conversation.

“[The film] holds a special importance for us because we had the privilege of intimately experiencing the culture of black and white silent films which forever left its mark upon us as artists,” said Carmen and Dolores Chaplin. “The film has a universal dimension crossing boundaries of language, challenging our expectations, and breaking commercial convention by returning to the purest form of film-making.”

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