Milliardaire et diplomate américain, Ogden Mears, passe une nuit avec Natacha, une prétendue comtesse russe lors d'une escale à Hong Kong. Le lendemain, sur le bateau qui doit le rendre vers son nouveau poste en Arabie Saoudite, il se rend compte qu'elle l'a suivi et qu'elle le menace de le dénoncer à sa femme s'il ne la dissimule pas le temps de la traversée. Plutôt moyen ! www.cinefiches.com
Chaplin's last film is tedious and a disappointment. It seems he was advised to make a "Doris Day-type" film, the sort of chaste romance romp that was the best thing Hollywood could come up with at a time that French and Italian directors dominated the world of cinema. All the more disappointing as it stars Marlon Brando and Sophia Loren, and we don't even get to see them kiss for more than a second or two!
A Countess From Hong Kong contains all the elements that Chaplin introduced in his early shorts, made familiar in his most acclaimed features and now celebrates in his final hurrah. We get extended gag sequences (in fact the entire film, until its final moments, plays on a single idea) and trademark innocent humour. Consequently it has the look and feel of classic Chaplin despite the distinctly 60’s...
It's a hoot to see Brando (mis?)cast against type in this broad comedic role that requires him to be stressed out and multitasking instead of silent and brooding. The limitations of the spare sets/ship setting give it a sitcom feel that aids its critics' accusations that it's fluff but it's charming fluff, in spite of expectations people had and have because of other great films Chaplin, Brando and Loren made.
Chaplin's final film and he makes a romantic comedy on a ship that ends up pretty good with a great cameo and his son Sydney stealing the show. On a side note: While I saw Brando as cold and aloof, I found out that was his intention when Chaplin wrote the script.