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Monsieur Verdoux

Monsieur Verdoux

Monsieur Verdoux

1947 / 124min / 35mm

DIRECTOR: CHARLES CHAPLIN

CAST: CHARLES CHAPLIN, MADY CORRELL, ALLISON RODDAN

Once the most famous man in America, Chaplin gave his public exactly the opposite of what they expected with this bitter black comedy and his first non-Tramp role as a Bluebeard serial murder. From an idea originated by Orson Welles, the film’s brutal takedown of the hypocrisy of war profiteering and killing for peace (Verdoux: “As a mass killer, I am an amateur by comparison”) made Chaplin many enemies and led to his exile from the United States. James Agee, his lone supporter in the press, wrote a three-part defense in The Nation and called the film “Among the great works of this century.”