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Exhibition - The Sound of Charlie Chaplin

Until 01/26/2020


Inviting Chaplin, the master of silent films, to the Philharmonie de Paris may seem paradoxical but …

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Inviting Chaplin, the master of silent films, to the Philharmonie de Paris may seem paradoxical but this is actually an exciting way to rediscover the artist’s work from a musical vantage point, shining the spotlight on the close relationship between dance, rhythm and the illusion of speech and sound, all rigorously “orchestrated” in each of his works.

Chaplin imposed the musical aspect of his character as a comical and poetic aside: a body dancing along in pace with the film. A universal figure, the Little Tramp inspired artists like Fernand Léger or Marc Chagall, as the embodiment of a resolutely modern form of art, which never stands still.
In 1927, as the cinema was undergoing its transition from silent to talking films, Chaplin saw an opportunity to influence the music in his films. A self-taught musician, he surrounded himself with arrangers. As he saw it, the music should serve as a charming counterpoint and not detract from the comical aspects of the visual images.

Skilfully combining light and darkness, the exhibition proposes an immersive audiovisual experience suitable for all. To complete your tour, a number of interactive features provide an opportunity to better understand the film industry in Chaplin’s day. You can discover original photographic prints, rare documents and works of art creating an unbelievably rich and diverse musical overview, providing a unique insight into the life and work of one of the 20th century’s greatest artists.

Curator: Sam Stourdzé assisted by Mathilde Thibault-Starzyk

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Opening days and times

From Tuesday to Thursday: 12 PM - 6 PM
Friday: 12 PM - 8 PM
Saturday and Sunday: 10 AM - 8 PM

School holidays: 
From Monday to Sunday: 10 AM - 8 PM

Closed on 
Wednesday 25 December 2019
Wednesday 1 January 2020

Closed at 5 PM on Tuesday 24 and Tuesday 31 December 2019.


  • Admission to the exhibition is possible during the half-hour following the time shown on this ticket.*

  • The exhibition ticket also gives access to the Musée de la musique’s permanent collection. Access on the date of your visit. Children under the age of 6 are admitted free without a ticket.


221, Avenue Jean-Jaurès
221, Avenue Jean-Jaurès
221, Avenue Jean-Jaurès
accès par le rez-de-parc (niveau 0)
75019 PARIS 19

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