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Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Monsieur Verdoux (1947) d. Charlie Chaplin

Charlie Chaplin is Monsieur Verdoux
Monsieur Verdoux (1947)
d. Charlie Chaplin
Criterion Collection #652

   OMG late period Charlie Chaplin is KILLING ME.  SO...FUCKING....DARK.  In Monsieur Verdoux, the film Chaplin made AFTER he played Hitler in The Great Dictator, he plays a serial killer.   Sooooooo dark.  Chaplin is fully acting in the modern style in Monsieur Verdoux, he plays a character who is as far from "the little tramp" that led him to fame and fortune as the difference between silent and sound film itself.

   Monsieur Verdoux is what you call a "Bluebeard" a man or woman who marries and murders his conquests.  In Verdoux is motivated by a desire to support his wheel chair bound wife and child, but the body count is in the teens.  Chaplin is cool as a cucumber as the murderer.  Before he is carted off to the guillotine at the end of the film, he refuses to accept responsibility and compares himself to the approaching mass murder of World War II, favorably.

  The dark humor of Monsieur Verdoux almost anticpates the tone of Coen brothers films, I feel like he must have been an influence on them.

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