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MONSIEUR VERDOUX Killer comedy! Chaplin turns his sunny nature inside out to play a roving gent who wins the love and bank accounts of spinsters, then murders the hapless biddies.
The Kid (1921), Chaplin's first feature, relates directly to Chaplin's own hard upbringing. The Tramp adopts a street kid (Jackie Coogan), in a seamless blend of slapstick and sentiment. For A Woman of Paris (1923), Chaplin experimented: straight, adult melodrama, with no Charlie onscreen (save for a brief cameo). 1927's The Circus is prized by many Chaplin critics as pure sublime comedy, less burdened by sentiment or politics than subsequent films. City Lights (1931) is an undisputed masterpiece; the Tramp befriends a blind girl, leading to one of the great bittersweet endings in film history. (Among the extras: a priceless seven-minute deleted scene involving little more than Chaplin and a piece of wood stuck in a grate.) With Monsieur Verdoux (1947), Chaplin turned his back on the Tramp and invented an elegant lady killer (literally); audiences disapproved, but the film stands as a fascinating essay on himself. Finally, after his exile from the United States, Chaplin made A King in New York (1957), which is mostly flat, except as autobiography.
The Chaplin Revue gathers six essential short works, from the superb A Dog's Life (1918) to his last two-reeler, The Pilgrim. A separate disc contains film critic Richard Schickel's comprehensive documentary Charlie: The Life and Art of Charles Chaplin, which does nicely by Chaplin's life and his working process, with keen comments from admirers such as Woody Allen and Johnny Depp. This box set is more than film history; it's a living treasure. --Robert Horton
This set was awesome! I bought both volumes and am very satisfied with them. The dvd's have extras in them and the quality is greatPublished 13 months ago by Kinga
I bought the first set then had to wait a bit for the pricier volume 2. I love this volume as much or more than the first, no regrets on this purchase. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Michelle Ellis
This was my first purchase as a Charlie Chaplin admirer. "City Lights" instantly became one of my favorite movies of all time. Read morePublished on February 23, 2012 by Bob
I'm a huge Chaplin fan, and this is really a great set. I've been waiting to get vol.2 for quite some time after I bought vol.1. Shipping was fast, and the product is beautiful!Published on November 9, 2011 by CharlieChaplin101
As is volume one, this set offers the best looking/sounding versions of Chaplin features to date. I would focus this review on A King In New York, only because I have recently read... Read morePublished on February 10, 2010 by Thomas J. Hoffman
I have always enjoyed Chaplin's works. It was difficult to convince the young generation that a black and white film, silent one, can be interesting. Read morePublished on April 12, 2009 by Carmela Dekel
This box set, and its "Volume I" partner, present all of Chaplin's work from the First National Period up to "A King on New York. Read morePublished on March 16, 2009 by N. Chevalier