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A Woman of Paris
At the height of his popularity, Charlie Chaplin chose to make a straight dramatic feature--without himself in a starring role. The plot of A Woman of Paris is perhaps not new: after a tragic misunderstanding, a small-town girl (former Chaplin paramour and longtime co-star Edna Purviance) goes to Paris and becomes the mistress of a rich playboy (Adolphe Menjou). But if the outline is familiar melodrama, the film still looks remarkable for its measured, adult attitude toward its characters; they are not black or white, but complicated, sophisticated shades of gray. Menjou, in particular, is a charming and thoroughly delightful cad. The film's matter-of-fact spirit on the subject of how adults conduct their sexual lives is also impressive. Critics loved the picture, but audiences did not, and Chaplin soon returned to comedy. He can be glimpsed, disguised, in a one-scene walk-through as a clumsy train porter. --Robert Horton
Chaplin was reaching for a mirror of life that we might reflect, and learn from for our own lives.
The themes in the film, however, at times actual addresses directly to the audience, obviously come from a homeless, insecure place in Chaplin's heart.
Through a party location mix-up, Marie accidentally meets Jean in Paris, where they rekindle their love.
A not so subtle reflection on Chaplin's own issues with America in the years before this film was made. Situations are pretty familiar for those who know Chaplin's life. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Paul Kretschmer
A King In New York is awesome! I watch it all the time On Demand (Comcast). It also very cute how his son, Michael Chaplin appears in the film as a boy who's very much into... Read morePublished 5 months ago by MizzKittie
I have no idea why these films are packaged together, as they have absolutely nothing in common (except perhaps similar-sounding titles...). Read morePublished 17 months ago by Surferofromantica
I was delighted to get this disc. The King in New York had content re the McCarthy hearings that was fantastic! Haven't watched the other movie yet.Published 18 months ago by Pat Black
BORING! I couldn't make it through either movie. These were not up to his standard. Went in to the trash bin.Published 21 months ago by robert kujac
This dual DVD was so classic for me being a classic buf..I loved th scenery in this movie and the overall feel of it as well Very good.Published on January 25, 2013 by C. garcia