Pantomime (or panto) is a British theater tradition usually performed at Christmas which dates from the eighteenth century. Along with new stories, there are several traditional ones. Whatever the story, there are several stock characters: a principal boy (usually a girl), a principal girl (actually a girl), and an older woman, usually a widow (played by a man). The character of the pantomime dame is one of the best-beloved traditions of British pantomime. All of that is introduction to this fascinating documentary - The History of the Pantomime Dame. [more inside]
Director and/or star of many of the greatest films ever made including The Great Dictator (2:05:16) [Globe scene and the eternally goosebump providing Final speech], The Immigrant (20:01), The Gold Rush (1:11:49), City Lights (1:22:40), Modern Times (1:27:01), and Monsieur Verdoux (1:59:03), Charlie Chaplin's movies have entered the public domain in most countries. Below the fold is an annotated list of all 82 of his official short and feature films in chronological order, as well as several more, with links to where you can watch them; it's not like you had work to do right? [more inside]
Not for the first time, a paper-mache rhino terrorizes Ueno Zoo. Previously: ape, polar bear, tiger, zebra.