Having lost his job as a bank clerk because of the Great Depression, Henri Verdoux (Charles Chaplin) decides to support himself, his invalid wife, and his young son by marrying a succession of middle-aged women and then killing them for their money. —Movierapture.com
Charlie Chaplin, considered to be one of the most pivotal stars of the early days of Hollywood, lived an interesting life both in his films and behind the camera. He is most recognized as an icon of the silent film era, often associated with his popular “Little Tramp” character; the man with the toothbrush mustache, bowler hat, bamboo cane, and a funny walk. Charles Spencer Chaplin was born in Walworth, London, England on April 26th, 1889 to Charles and Hannah (Hill) Chaplin, both music hall performers, who were married on June 22nd, 1885. After Charles Sr. separated from Hannah to perform in New York City, Hannah then tried to resurrect her stage career. Unfortunately, her singing voice had a tendency to break at unexpected moments. When this happened, the stage manager spotted young Charlie standing in the wings and led him on stage, where five-year-old Charlie began to sing a popular tune. Charlie and his half-brother, Syd Chaplin (born Sydney Hawkes), spent their lives in and out… read more
One of the most multi-layered, humanistic dissections of human dignity that I've ever seen. Chaplin has a veritable pile of masterpieces but this may sit pretty alongside "City Lights", with more reflection.
"All my life, I have abhorred violence, and I feel that the atom bomb, the most horrible weapon of all, is creating so much horror and fear that we are going to grow up a bunch of neurotics, and we do not realize it." -Chaplin in an article he wrote to promote this film in 1947
By far Chaplin's riskiest film this playful then suddenly serious black comedy finds Chaplin at his most sardonic and truthful. I'm finding with each viewing little moments I didn't notice before; how Chaplin's facial & body movements evoke his little Tramp & how his speaking voice perfectly fits the character. An underrated Chaplin film for sure.
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