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Silent Film Benefit features influential Chaplin film 'City Lights' inspired Stanley Kubrick and Woody Allen STAFF REPORT The Catalina Island Museum will present what is considered Charlie Chaplin's greatest film, "City Lights," during its Silent Film Benefit on Saturday, May 17. "We were fortunate to have lived in his time," said Bob Hope. He was referring to Charlie Chaplin. The creator of the Little Tramp, Chaplin is considered one of the most respected actors, directors and producers the film industry has ever seen. Interviews later in Chaplin's life revealed that "City Lights" was his personal favorite. It is often declared "the most Chaplin" of his films because it combines all of his strengths - the highbrow and the low, the seri- ous and the slapstick. Over the years he has influenced countless famous actors and directors. Here are just a few examples. Orson Welles described "City Lights" as his favorite film. Stanley Kubrick listed it in is top 10. Woody Allen said it influ- enced the final scene in one of his best films, "Manhattan. " "His interweaving of serious and moving dramatic touches into his comedy is the most obvious lesson I've learned from him," said Allen. "He was Ovitz, Speilberg, Silver, Redford, John Williams and Baryshnikov all rolled into one," Ivor Davis wrote in Los Angeles Magazine. "He was improvising before Robin Williams ever set foot in a comedy club and treating actors like cattle way before Hitchcock. Like Ross Perot, he put his money where his mouth was, financing his own pictures--often to the tune of millions of dollars. He Sheriff's Log Six marijuana citations issued on May 2 at the Mole The following is the Avalon Sheriff's Station significant inci- dents report for the week of April Capt. Doug Fetteroll Station commander 30 to May 6. A signifi- cant incident is defined as one that generates a report. "It is important to note t.hat no assump- tion of criminal guilt or affiliation should be drawn from the con- tent of the information provided in this report. Many people who get arrested do not get con- victed or even charged with crimes for which they have been arrested," said Capt. Doug Fetteroll, commander of the Avalon Sheriff's Station. April 3O Melissa Petty M/40, a resi- dent of Alta Loma, was arrested for Drunk in Public. Charlie Chaplin as the Little Tramp in "City Ughts." Photo courtesy of Roy Export Company Establishment destroyed sets and reshot endings on whim. He told the world he was more popular than Jesus Christ (and he was) years before the Beatles did," Davis wrote. "I think this character repre- sents something in all of us to an emotional degree that I don't know if any other screen character does," said Dustin Hoffman dur- ing an interview in 2003. "Certainly at the time (of 'City Lights' production) the Little Tramp was the most famous char- acter in the world. He's a per- petual outsider, and his humor comes from how inappropriately he behaves, which is true of all of us," Hoffman said. "We are all perpetual outsiders somewhere deep in us; otherwise we wouldn't search for commu- May 3 Michael Campos, M/27, a resi- dent of Moreno Valley was arrest- ed for assault with a deadly weap- on (beer bottle). Adrian Campos, M/23, a resident of Moreno Valley was arrested for battery. Enrique Bravo, M/25, a resident of Avalon, was arrested for driving under" the influ- ence of alcohol. A Corona resident was cited for possession of Marijuana. May 4 An Avalon resi- dent reported being the victim of a forgery and identity theft. A juvenile from Newbury Park was cited for possession of Marijuana two days after he aban- doned his backpack at the Mole during the narcotics interdiction effort. Andres Almerick, M/30, a resident of Los Angeles was arrested for Drunk in Public. May 5 Edwin Poveda, M/49 a resi- dent of Lawndale was arrested for Drunk in Public. George MacKenzie, M/22, a resident of Vancouver BC, was arrested for taking a golf cart without the owner's permission (Joyriding). May 6 No significant incidents. Golf carts There were two golf cart thefts this week and both were recov- ered. One golf cart was recov- ered immediately after the suspect drove it out of a parking lot and came face to face with deputies at 2:20 in the morning. The other was found, undamaged, in the parking lot at Clarissa Courts. nity as hard as we do," Hoffman said. "We directors belong to a well respected profession," said film director David Lean. "At our head is Charlie Chaplin. He writes his own stories. He directs them. He acts in them and he even composes the music. He is the one truly creative artist the cinema has produced," said Lean. The Catalina Island Museum will present Chaplin's acclainaed masterpiece, "City Lights,, on Saturday, May 17, in the Avalon Casino Theater at 1 p.m. For the first time in the Silent Film Benefit's history, a full sym- phony orchestra will accompany the film. Directed by Grammy Award- winning conductor Richard Kaufman, the orchestra is com- prised of the most talented musi- cians in Southern California. Tickets for this year's Silent Film Benefit are'selling fast. Tickets are $15 for members of the museum and $18 for general admission. Arrive in your best 1920s dress and receive a 50 percent discount on admission. Prizes will be awarded to the best-dressed individual and cou- ple. Purchasing tickets is easy. Please call 310-510-2414, visit the museum in person or go to the Silent Film event page on www. CatalinaMuseum.org. The Catalina Island Museum is Avalon's sole institution devoted to art, culture and history. The museum, its digital theater and store are located on the ground floor of Avalon's historic Casino and are open seven days a week, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, the museum may be reached by phone at 310-510-2414 or at its website: CatalinaMuseum. org. May 1 o-The City of Avalon sent three station volunteers to Disaster Communications Service Quarterly Training at the Los Angeles County Emergency Operations Center. May 2 Six adults received citations for possession of Marijuana dur- ing a narcotics interdiction effort, throughout the day, at the Cabrillo Mole. Daisy Johannes, F/28, a resi- dent of Van Nuys was arrested for possession of a controlled sub- stance, destruction of evidence, and resisting arrest. A juvenile from Huntington Beach was detained at the Sheriff's Station for possession of Marijuana. A glass window was broken at a business in the 500 block of Crescent Avenue. Rock Gosselin, M/56, a resi- dent of Avalon was cited for driv- ing under the influence of alco- hol. THE CATAUNA ISLANDER Friday, May 9, 2014 i 7