2015 marks the 100th anniversary of Chaplin’s Essanay films as well as Edna Purviance’s first appearance on film.

I’m glad that we will have a year to focus on Chaplin’s Essanay films. Maybe it’s just me, but I feel when people look at Chaplin’s overall work the Essanays get neglected. I have to admit that if I’m in the mood to watch Chaplin I rarely pull out the Essanay box (I know, shame on me). Well thanks to the centennial I’ll have an excuse to give these films another look. I should also mention that Flicker Alley will be coming out with the new Essanay restorations later this year as well.

Essanay Red Letter postcard, 1915

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