🎬If you’ve ever hooked-up in a movie theater, though you may not be able to look him in the eye, you owe a handshake to Thomas Lincoln Tally. TODAY IN 1902, or what would have been considered April 2nd back then had they discovered how to measure the length of the solar year to any degree of accuracy (alas the Mayans would not be invented by Mel Gibson until 2006) Tally opened the first permanent theater made specifically for the display of motion pictures.
Tally could be described as being on something not entirely unlike fire when in 1912 he was also the first to show a color movie in Los Angeles. Oh it doesn’t stop there! This maniac decides to start making movies too, so he cofounds First National Pictures through which he is the first to sign Charlie Chaplin to a movie contract. You know, Charlie Chaplain of FRICKING’ CHARLIE CHAPLAIN fame.
🎥Remember 2 words ago when I mentioned ol’ Gnarly-Charlie Chaplain? (That’s what his shirt would say if he joined my beer league softball team) today is a big day for him as well.
Since London was the setting of Chaplin’s film Limelight he decided to hold the world premiere there. He left LA on September 18 1952 and the very next day, Attorney General McGranery revoked Chaplin’s re-entry permit and stated that if he wanted to come back Chaplain would have to submit to an interview concerning his political views. This McGranery guy? Total Tool. That dingus tells the press that he has “a pretty good case against Chaplin.” PRETTY GOOD? You accuse one of the most important figures in the history of film of being a communist with just pretty good evidence? FBI files concerning this whole circus get released in the 80s and, you guessed it, turns out the US government had no real evidence to prevent Chaplin from coming home. The film icon who would later be appointed a Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire wasn’t a commie after all. ON THIS DAY in 1972 Sir Charles Spencer “Charlie” Chaplin returns to the US for the first time in almost twenty years.
📼Also TODAY IN 1968 ‘2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY’ was released. 2001 is fantastic not only for its cultural significance but also its perfect use as a test administered by Blade Runners to distinguish replicants from humans based on their claims to understand the film.
Buncha kids in my Digital Video class couldn’t understand why famous directors were making films before they were getting paid for it.