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Monsieur Verdoux1947

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  • 4.1
Charlie Chaplin plays shockingly against type in his most controversial film, a brilliant and bleak black comedy about money, marriage and murder. Chaplin is a twentieth-century bluebeard, an enigmatic family man who goes to extreme lengths to support his wife and child, attempting to bump off a series of wealthy widows (including one played by the indefatigable Martha Raye, in a hilarious performance). This deeply philosophical and wildly entertaining film is a work of true sophistication, both for the moral questions it dares to ask and for the way it deconstructs its megastar's lovable on-screen persona.

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A black comedy of how the economic system forces people to do things they ordinarily would'nt think of doing. A bluebeard who kills to support his family during the depression who would'nt hurt a caterpiller; a kindly munitions manufacturer. Chaplin uses pratfalls and difficulty in doing away with a troublesome wife for comic relief. But the best crook is the biggest one like a corp or a state.

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A not very successful blend of sentimentality, cynicism, idealism, and pretty labored physical comedy. A "message" film in which Chaplin the comedy artist and Chaplin the angry man fail to co-exist happily.