Visit Charlie Chaplin’s last home in Corsier-sur-Vevey (Switzerland), which has been turned into a museum

Eternal Charlot. On screen, the life of the immense Charlie Chaplin is summed up in about ten minutes. Comfortably installed in a cinema seat, the viewer does not yet expect to step into the life and work of the most famous actor. As the screen boots up to reveal an Easy Street decor that gives his name in French to policeman Charlot, he glimpses the wonderful world that is opening up to him…

In this Reconstructed film studio, the silhouettes of the policeman and the child appear larger than life. Throughout the visit, unreleased video montages propel visitors into the settings Chaplin conceived, understand his editing secrets, and experience disturbing encounters with the wax figures.

because Chaplin’s world is the result of a unique collaboration with the famous Grévin Museum. And visitors of all ages like to immerse themselves in the cult scenes of modern times, the city lights or the dictator.

Wax statues decorate the rooms of the house.

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Chaplin’s Word opened on April 16, 2016 (the birthday of Charles Spencer Chaplin, born April 16, 1889 in London) and is built on the filmmaker’s final resting place.

On the one hand, the studio traces the career of the artist. Built on an area of ​​1,350 square meters, it presents its cinematographic universe. A playful sphere in which we go from one film set to the next, meeting Woody Allen in a police station, Stan Laurel or the itinerant icon of Charlot, recognizable around the world.

With this alleyway, reconstructed for the needs of policeman Charlot (1916), Charlie Chaplin recalls the poor world of his childhood, when he lived in London with his mother and brother.

Some numbers
Charlie Chaplin received more than twenty six Awards and honors throughout his life, including a Golden Lion at the 1972 Venice Film Festival, three Oscars and a star on the Los Angeles Walk of Fame.
six Charlie Chaplin films have been selected for preservation in the US Library of Congress’ National Film Registry.

From Albert Einstein to Marlon Brando, from Winston Churchill
to Gary Cooper…

On the other hand, the mansion invites you to discover the life of the employeehis work as a screenwriter, director and musician takes place where he rubbed shoulders with the greatest from Albert Einstein to Marlon Brando, from Winston Churchill to Gary Cooper.

Overall, the visitor comes across more than thirty wax figures : Charlie Chaplin and his wife Oona of course, Charlot and the actors and actresses of his films that counted in his life and the artists inspired by his work, Roberto Benigni, Federico Fellini or Michael Jackson.

The wax figures of Charlie and Oona Chaplin in the villa’s projection room, which is adjacent to the couple’s bedroom.

In this haven of peace on the Vaud Riviera, you can also read some pages of his memoir, My Autobiography (1964), notes on the screenplay of La Comtesse de Hong-Kong, written for his third wife, Paulette Goddard (Les Temps modern).. .

“Work is life and I want to live!” wrote the man in the twilight of his life.

In the living room, the violin he bought when he was sixteen and took with him everywhere, a grand piano… Upstairs, an entire wall covered with photos of celebrities, the statue of Albert Einstein crossed in the corner of a bathroom and that of Sophia Loren. A little further Charlie Chaplin himself – or his wax figure? – Steps over the bathtub…

At the Manoir de Ban, where he died on December 25, 1977 at the age of 88, the man always seems to be present. In 1952 he decided to settle there with Oona O’Neill, his fourth and last wife, thirty-five years his junior. And there they will see their eight children grow up.

In that famous year, 1952, Charlie Chaplin decides to organize the world premiere of Limelight in London. He leaves New York with his family on board an ocean liner. But as a victim of the anti-Communist witch hunts, particularly in Hollywood, his visa was revoked the next day by the United States Attorney General.

Built in 1840, the Ban mansion on the heights of Lake Geneva is listed in the Swiss inventory of cultural assets of national importance.

There won’t be a return ticket to America for a long time. Today, Chaplin’s world reflects the mark that man has left on the world. A magician’s image that makes up to this day, Charlie Chaplin still gets the longest standing ovation at the Academy Awards. Twelve Minutes, 1972.

I go. Visit Chaplin’s World Route de Fenil 2 1804 Corsier-sur-Vevey Switzerland. Website:
The site is open daily from an average of 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (until 5 p.m. in winter, except during the Christmas and spring holidays, and until 7 p.m. in summer). Count 2h30 of the visit. Chaplin’s World is accessible to people with reduced mobility and their companions. Only the path in the garden is difficult to access for wheelchair users.
Prices. Adults aged 16 and over: CHF 27 (EUR 26). Young people from 6 to 15 years included: 18 CHF (17 euros). Child under 6 years: free. Senior over 60 years: 25 CHF (24 euros) Student: 24 CHF (23 euros). Family ticket (4 people): 73 CHF (69 euros). Disabled adult: 24 CHF (23 euros). Young people with disabilities: 16 CHF (15 euros).

Katja Beaupetit

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