by Kathy Shaidle I'm surprised Chaplin didn't cut all her scenes. Can You?". Awaiting execution for his crimes, Verdoux says to a journalist, “One murder makes a villain…millions a hero. Your idea of Melvyn D is an interesting one, did he ever appear with Lucy in a drama? (One quote: "A community whose morals are those of caged monkeys professes to be shocked by [Chaplins] domestic irregularities"). My mom and sister are also huge devotees of Paul Newman whereas I'm more the Steve McQueen type (and not the suave McQueen). You celebrate it and parade it! Our judgment is clouded by knowing the final products of "GWTW" and "I Love Lucy" and liking them as they are, but if we wiped our memories and started over, I wonder if we would have liked Lucille Ball, who was a good dramatic actress, being Scarlett O'Hara. Monsier Verdoux. To support his disabled wife and child, Verdoux comes up with the idea of marrying wealthy women and killing them for their assets. He wouldn't return to the country for 20 years after the film's American wide release led to Chaplin's only competitive Oscar. “To be shocked by the nature of my crime is nothing but a pretence… a sham! I hadn't really noticed this, but yeah, this is the kind of "point and shoot" directing we get with someone like Mel Brooks (no great stylist.) I would be very supprised if you don't give it less that 7/10. I recommend it. EW admired Chaplln's art, if not his politics, and despised Hollywood itself. Never mind - there's still Twitter and the awards ceremonies where they can preach what we should practice. Chaplin's follow-up to Monsieur Verdoux was a semi-autobiographical tale of a washed-up performer in World War I-era London. For a movie, you have to weave your views into a compelling story if you want people to pay to see it. Movies like that, they all agreed, surely inspired some viewers to commit actual crimes, or at the very least, desensitized others to such real life violence. All rights reserved, The following lines were deleted from the speech, presumably to satisfy the Breen office: Charlie Chaplin was one of the cinema’s consummate comic performers, yet he has long been criticized as a lackluster film director. The climactic scene plays as a speech made directly from Chaplin to the audience. This French serial killer, who was executed in 1922, was nicknamed "the Bluebeard of Gambais" after murdering at least ten women. I'll cop out here by handing the last word to Roger Lewis, who was as staggered by Ackroyd's book about Chaplin as Simon Callow was, and tossed in an anecdote of his own: "Chaplin died on Christmas Day 1977. But it only gets worse. As a mass killer, I am an amateur by comparison. What might have been! Although you don't need to read the interview to notice that for yourself. Not for hire but for himself as it is what he has been driven to do for work. The same documentary also included screen tests of the final four candidates for Scarlett - Leigh, Goddard, Joan Bennett and Jean Arthur - doing the "lace me tighter, Mammy" scene (with Hattie McDaniel in three of the tests and some other actress in the fourth). His predilection for barely legal girls was now common knowledge, as were his confused, out of date Soviet sympathies. Leigh and McDaniel are great together - even 'tho it's shot in black-and-white, it is in some ways more vivid than the scene in the actual movie. 8. A 1939 Lucy might have pulled it off! According to IMDB, there are 2,577 movies made each year worldwide so it's a great feat to win best picture. This was the first feature film in which Chaplin's character bore no resemblance to his famous "Tramp" character (The Great Dictator did not feature the Tramp, but his "Jewish barber" bore some similarity). Hynkel is a character with immense power but no personal strength to show for it. With a story idea credited to Orson Welles, it evolves into a black comedy which is full of creativity and the narrative is loaded with pacifistic sentiments and is characterised by some delightfully dry humour. Ackroyd doesn't mention this, but the comedian's coffin was stolen by grave robbers, who phoned Paulette Goddard, one of his wives and the co-star of The Gold Rush, hoping they could make a ransom demand. If I lose I will publicly eat the negative of the film in front of the Chaplin studios. They just aren't any good. I like both Newman and McQueen about the same. © 2020 Mark Steyn Enterprises (US) Inc. All rights reserved. And, yes, Vivien Leigh was beautiful but she still sort of matches the description of Scarlett in the novel.We seem to have strayed from Chaplin and "Monsieur Verdoux." With Monsieur Verdoux, he finally felt confident (or arrogant) enough to dispense with them altogether. Kick back with Kathy and your fellow Club members in person aboard one of our annual cruises. Membership in the Mark Steyn Club has many perks, from commenting privileges, to access to the entire SteynOnline back catalog, to exclusive invitations to Steyn events. I read some glowing, in-depth critical analyses and cannot believe we watched the same film. No part of this website or any of its contents may be reproduced, copied, modified or adapted, without the prior written consent of Mark Steyn Enterprises. Chaplin's films are trademarks and/or service marks of Roy Export and/or Bubbles Inc. S.A. All Rights Audiences were repelled by it, and for the first time, a Chaplin film lost money. I have been doing my own "Lockdown Film Festival" of Irene Dunne's career filmography + her Lux Radio performances. In order to support his wife and child he marries and then murders wealthy widows in order to gain their money. People established as sitting only inches apart at a small card table are cut to in solo shots--and not for any emotional or dramatic impact, as there is no emotion or drama in this flat-as-all-Nebraska scene. Now, no one can blame any artist for so tiring of their most famous creation that they nuke it to smithereens, but the studio wisely realized that Chaplin's metamorphosis might come as a (financially disastrous) shock; posters for the film asked (or rather, goaded) potential customers: … The premise of the film demands that we accept Verdoux as an expert seducer, yet his wooing of his potential marks makes Pepé Le Pew look like Rudolph Valentino. In watching the clips (which is all I've seen of the movie), the direction is, imho, amateurish. This film was 'before its time' - it's a great film. reply #4. Monsieur Verdoux paved the way for these and subsequent black comedies. Monsieur Verdoux, atypically for a Chaplin film, features some familiar Hollywood actors, including Martha Raye, William Frawley and Fritz Leiber, Sr.. Watched it again a couple of years ago. Yes The Ladykillers is a good film. Limelight was the last film Chaplin made in the United States; he was banned from the country while promoting the film. As for being a mass killer, does not the world encourage it? Anyone fond of dark comedy should stick with The Ladykillers, or Kind Hearts and Coronets (mentioned above.) Or something. The sheer, sinister stupidity of this address — with its Shavian, do-gooder nihilism — was summed up superbly by Ron Rosenbaum, author of Explaining Hitler: "Chaplin, to his eternal shame, ended the film not with a call to oppose fascism, and its murderous hatred, but rather — because he was following the shameful Hitler-friendly Soviet line at the time — ended his film with a call for all workers in the world to lay down their arms — in other words to refuse to join the fight against fascism and Hitler.". Pointing to the paperback murder mystery one of my colleagues had in her lap, I asked: "So how many people get killed in that book you're reading?". If Chaplin's truly "changed", why do I keep seeing the same guy?Love your writing, as ever, Kathy. 2018 Preview SONG TIME Main Title - Monsieur Verdoux. A review and a warning. From the dock, and in his cell awaiting execution — his whole "wife and child" thing (which never made sense anyhow) now a forgotten footnote — Verdoux blames his crimes on capitalism. Within twenty seconds, I've seen two (and-a-half) directorial decisions that intrude on the narrative, such as it is. As a youngster, I got caught up in the Chaplin revival, but have come to agree with critics who now place Keaton higher in the echelon. Banging on the table, Chaplin continued, "What I want is that every child should have enough to eat, shoes on his feet and a roof over his head." Monsieur Verdoux - DVD (1947) for $28.00 from OLDIES.com Comedy A Comedy of Murders - Order by Phone 1-800-336-4627 As one amateur critic has astutely noted, "all of Chaplin's features are about 'saving' someone," yet for all his ranting about "the poor," off-screen he never parted with a smidgen of his staggering wealth to help them. The details were contested by both men, but in short: Welles approached Chaplin in the 1940s, proposing that he star in a film about Landru. Chaplin retained his trademark moustache (for obvious reasons) in that film, as well as other trappings of his beloved and highly lucrative "Little Tramp" character. No part of this website or any of its contents may be reproduced, copied, modified or adapted, without the prior written consent of Mark Steyn Enterprises. Lucy had a bit role in "Roberta" (1935) and played Dunne's sister in "Joy of Living" (1938). I don't know that Douglas did a comedy with Lucille Ball. Never before had Chaplin used … You wallow in murder… you legalize it… you adorn it with gold braid! If you are not yet a member, please click here to join. Either in the movies, the news, or in political speeches. I'll watch out to make sure I don't see this film. From beginning to end Monsieur Verdoux is a film of great assurance: Chaplin knows exactly the effects he wants to create and is in full control. I do have "Song of Bernadette" queued up on the DVR, which was the subject of a previous review here at the club. ", The most infamous example of Chaplin's onscreen pontification is his closing speech in his first talkie, The Great Dictator (1940.). Unlike many silent stars, Chaplin had nothing to fear from the coming of sound; along with his other considerable talents, he had a beautiful speaking voice. And you'll notice Dunne's influence on may other actresses too. His subsequent works criticizing the class inequalities, such as 1947’s Monsieur Verdoux, revived the accusations of Communism against him. she said, slamming down the phone.". Speech from Monsieur Verdoux. When those two friends leave, and Chaplin and Raye walk (without any reason) five feet to the center of the room, there is a hidden/not-so-hidden cut (at 1:39). 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