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Charles Chaplin


Charles Chaplin
Mady Correll
Allison Roddan
Robert Lewis
Audrey Betz
Martha Raye





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Chaplin stars in this very dark comedy as a "bluebeard" who supports his beloved wife and son by marrying and murdering women of property. Based on an idea by Orson Welles. -- Filmhog

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mitchellyoung 03/16/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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This isn't as whimsical or slapstick-driven as Chaplin's previous films. Here, he creates a heartfelt drama that injects elements of black comedy into a macabre story. The film shies away from its darker moments, but that doesn't change the fact that Chaplin plays a uniquely conflicted anti-hero who, at first, kills without remorse. The film is an odd, but worthwhile journey and Chaplin's nuanced portrayal of Verdoux is what anchors the film. (My only complaint really is why the film is set in France, though using completely English actors and settings. It seems like an unnecessary setting choice, if the filmmakers weren't going to attempt to recreate the environment.

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Allison 10/17/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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I was pleasantly surprised by this charming talkie by Chaplin. Highly recommended.

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GGauthier 12/17/2007 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Terrific film by the master Chaplin. The old fanishioned way of filmming violence (not showing too much) is wonderful. You can see here a very violent movie. It's weird to see Chaplin, that tender man that is touched by a poor girl, a blind or an small boy, here takes all his extreme customes of hilarious situations to the edge and developes a dark story. The script is perfect. Nothing less could be expected from an "idea" by Welles. So, sit and prepare yourself for weird journey into the mind of a desperate serial killer. The only thing I complain a bit is the final intent of making a "moral" ending. It is not too weak, but not strong enough for making a top 20 worthy material. Still, a masterpiece.

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06/10/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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"Life is beyond reason." Monsieur Verdoux (Charles Chaplin) supports his crippled wife and child. He meets a girl just released from prison for larceny. Inspector Morrow visits Verdoux, who later marries Marie. A brilliant screenplay though it was impossible to comprehend how people can speak like Verdoux. So many memorable smart quote such as: "Nothing is permanent in this world. Not even our troubles." and "Careful little one, you might be stepped on." - Verdoux "I suppose, if the unborn knew of the approach of life, they'd be just as terrified." and "It's a blundering world and a very sad one, yet kindness can make it beautiful." - The girl. One of a few qualms this reviewer has were the girl he coincidentally meets three times in various places and yet without divulging a name. ...

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