Saturday Cinema: Chaplin, Hitchcock and Comedies

by Lynne Warfel
January 11, 2014
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Charlie Chaplin publicity photo, circa 1914. (P.D Jankens)

Saturday at 10 a.m., join host Lynne Warfel for classical music from the movies. Today's theme is Chaplin, Hitchcock and comedies. Plus, the Cube Critics provide a video that looks at artificial intelligence in film.

Today's Playlist:

  • Gounod: Funeral March of a Marionette
    San Diego Symphony/Schifrin

  • Waxman: Suite from Rear Window
    San Diego Symphony/Schifrin

  • Herrmann: The Trouble with Harry
    Royal Scottish National Orchestra/Goldsmith

  • Tiomkin: Dial M for Murder
    London Symphony/Kaufman

  • Chaplin: Suite from Modern Times
    Munich Symphony/Shaw

In Chaplin's film, Modern Times, his iconic Little Tramp character struggles to survive in the modern, industrialized world. Just this past week, Warner Bros. Pictures released a new film from director Spike Jonze that takes an updated look at this subject.

In Jonze's film Her, Joaquin Phoenix plays a man who falls in love with "Samantha" (voiced by Scarlett Johansson), the voice of his computer's new operating system.

In this video, MPR's Cube Critics, Stephanie Curtis and Euan Kerr, discuss 'Her' and artificial intelligence in film: