In pictures: Secret Cinema selects Chaplin to protest The Interview cancellations

Cinematic events company Secret Cinema has revealed it screened Charlie Chaplin's 1940 film The Great Dictator to protest the cancellation of The Interview and promote art without censorship.

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The film was screened yesterday (21 December) in London, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Rome. At least £11,500 of proceeds generated by the one-off events were donated to global free speech charity Article 19.

More than 2,000 people attended the screenings and were encouraged to dress sombrely in dark suits. Alongside the screening of the film, which sees Chaplin take on a thinly-veiled version of Hitler, the events featured poetry readings, music, short films and live jazz.

Secret Cinema said the film was chosen to demonstrate the ability to create art without censorship and parody any political figure.

The London showing was hosted at Troxy. Will Poole, events and compliance manager at the venue, said: "Through our close working relationship with Secret Cinema Presents, we as a venue are able to offer them the flexibility to be able to respond quickly to newsworthy topics. 

"This event follows the success of the immersive cinema screening of Dead Poet Society after the tragic passing of Robin Williams earlier in 2014, which raised £24,000 for Mind, the mental health charity."

Other locations chosen to show The Great Dictator included Videology in Brooklyn, Spectrum in Manhattan, Teatro Centrale in Rome, Great Star Theatre in San Francisco and Cinefamily in Los Angeles.

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