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Monsieur Verdoux (Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray] (1947)

Charlie Chaplin , Mady Correll , Charles Chaplin  |  NR |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: Charlie Chaplin, Mady Correll, Allison Roddan, Robert Lewis, Audrey Betz
  • Directors: Charles Chaplin
  • Format: Black & White, NTSC, Full Screen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Criterion Collection
  • DVD Release Date: March 26, 2013
  • Run Time: 124 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00AQ6J5I6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,452 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

  • New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Chaplin Today: “Monsieur Verdoux,” a 2003 program on the film’s production and release, featuring filmmaker Claude Chabrol and actor Norman Lloyd
  • Charlie Chaplin and the American Press, a new documentary featuring Chaplin specialist Kate Guyonvarch and author Charles Maland
  • New video essay featuring an audio interview with actress Marilyn Nash
  • Radio advertisements and trailers
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Ignatiy Vishnevetsky and reprinted pieces by Chaplin and critic André Bazin

  • Editorial Reviews

    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 the way it deconstructs its megastar’s loveable on-screen persona.

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    34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars One of Chaplin's highest achievements. May 14, 2004
    By D. Mok
    Format:DVD
    If the willingness to take risks is the mark of a great artist -- and I believe it is -- then Monsieur Verdoux is one of Charles Chaplin's greatest films. And amidst all the controversy stirred by his portrayal of a serial wife killer, it's easy to forget that it's also a hilarious black comedy with plenty of sharp lines that would have succeeded even without its sociological message.

    Chaplin's ability as an actor is pushed to a new level on this film through his portrayal of a morally ambiguous, unscrupulous ex-bank clerk who has no qualms about putting a body into an incinerator in his backyard. While much has been said about this film's break with Chaplin's Little Tramp character, careful examination reveals that Henri Verdoux is just a logical, and daring, advancement in the character: The more devilish, sometimes sadistic sides of the Little Tramp taken to their inevitable conclusion, where comic mischief crosses over the line to villainy. And it's highly compelling, the perfect foil to Chaplin's most heartwarming films (eg. City Lights and Modern Times), allowing Chaplin to express an insidiousness hitherto unexplored. Martha Raye nearly steals the show as the airheaded, supernaturally unkillable Mme. Bonheur (the name itself means "happiness"), and Marilyn Nash is winning as the Belgian derelict who inspires a spark of compassion in Verdoux. The conclusion of this character relationship is one of Chaplin's most complex writing feats: Imagine the ending of City Lights twisted into a dark, steely, uncompromising version of itself.
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    18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Chaplin's Best Talkie March 3, 2001
    Format:DVD
    In his autobiography, Charlie Chaplin called "Monsieur Verdoux" (1947) "the cleverest and most brilliant film I have yet made." Though not without its faults, this sardonic black comedy remains his best foray into sound. Chaplin's detailed performance as the business-minded Bluebeard is a masterpiece of screen acting. However, the supporting cast ranges from excellent (Martha Raye) to amateurish (Marilyn Nash) while the final minutes get bogged down in endless talk. Chaplin later admitted that "Monsieur Verdoux" could have used a bit more pantomime and less dialogue. Still, it's a thought-provoking and hard-hitting film. Henri Verdoux and the Little Tramp have much in common.
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    15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A TRIUMPH June 19, 2000
    By A Customer
    Format:DVD
    Monsieur Verdoux is Chaplin's unsung masterpiece. A very dry film, it lives in the shadow of the much broader 'The Great Dictator'. The humor is subtle (the Martha Raye scenes aside) and one has to think to get it. Example: Verdoux is tending to his rose bushes while the incinerator is finishing up one of his wives in the background. He's just murdered a woman yet he refuses to step on a little catepillar. In picking it up and moving it to safety, he becomes very squemish at touching the little creature! This character is as far away from the Little Tramp as one can get. They are the same though; both long for love however, Verdoux uses love to his 'business' advantage whereas 'Charlie' was ususally scorned by it. This is his best written talky (any viewer of the over preachy 'Limelight' would concur) while it looks technically cheap at times (a not too uncommon area of some of his later productions). Such criticism is small though and the 'speech' at the end fits well into the narrative, not to mention that with the passing of over five decades....it still makes sense. Chaplin should be commended for putting out such a daring film at a time where America didn't want to hear such things. Not for everyones tastes but still a film that should not be ignored.
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    10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars HOORAY FOR RAYE! April 22, 2006
    Format:DVD
    When Chaplin set about to tell the tale of MONSIEUR VERDOUX, he wanted an actress for the role of the indestructible Annabella who could hold her own in the comedy department. He looked no further than stage/radio/movie star Martha Raye, who was known for her improvisational skills and was fearless when it came to comedy. Raye considered this the high point of her career, to have been chosen by the man she considered The Master as a co-star. Without exception, critics hail the rowboat scene when Verdoux is trying vainly to murder the obnoxious Annabella as the highlight of the film. Given the right director, Raye was matchless in comedy and also proved to be a capable dramatic actress in a precious few roles (Jumbo, The Gossip Columnist). Watch this film, if only to appreciate the comedy genius of Martha Raye. Oh, Chaplin ain't bad either.
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    9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Chaplin changes - can you? August 19, 2000
    Format:DVD
    That was the campain in the 40's, when the public didn't want to accept this film. After a few weeks of running, it was abandoned in all cinema's. The people expected a Little Tramp, instead, they got a Bigamist Lady Killer. En mass they decided to boo the film and stay away.
    However, this is not what Monsieur Verdoux deserves. In every scene you see Chaplin's quick brain, keen eye and swift feet at work. Some of the love scenes are absolutely hilarious, even in this day. Martha Raye (the wife who refuses to me murdered) is a scream. The film is intended as a parody on Society prior to WWII; if you watch it with this in mind you'll be able to enjoy it tremendously.
    Before Chaplin decided to make this film, he had just gone through one of the most turbulant periods in his life. His divorse with Paulette, being harrased by a neurotic former love, meeting Oona and soon to be banned from the States, accused of being a Communist had taken it toll. Chaplin fought back in the only way he knew how: by making a comedy to tackle the present cruel (at least to him) society.
    This DVD quality is as good as you can get; there a no evidence of film aging. However, the text on the back of the cover is a great disappointment. I happened to read it before I watched the film (as most people do to see if the film is what they were looking for), and not only was this the dullest description of a film I ever saw, but worse, it actually managed to give away the entire film including the FINAL scene! If you decide to give this film a chance (which won't be a disappointment, garantueed), avoid reading the back of the cover at all costs.
    This is a five-star film, but one star off for the cover. Shame on Image Entertainment!
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    2.0 out of 5 stars Time to revise the revisionism?
    I think film's finest critic is the late James Agee, because of the quality of his prose, the intensity of his intelligent searching for meaning, his mental and emotional... Read more
    Published 5 days ago by dean59
    4.0 out of 5 stars A Black Comedy
    This is a different approach for Chaplin and is not as well known or popular as his other major movies. However, it is still funny and satirical.
    Published 1 month ago by Rodamu
    5.0 out of 5 stars Is murder always an unethical practice? "Monsieur Verdoux" is brave...
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    Published 1 month ago by Leslie Karen Rigsbey
    5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
    I was intrigued with this movie when I saw it on TCM. I purchased this for my son who is also a classic movie enthusiast. Read more
    Published 3 months ago by Ex Libre
    5.0 out of 5 stars Chaplin's artful serial killer
    2013 sees the Criterion Collection release Charlie Chaplin‘s Monsieur Verodux (1947). With this film, Chaplin’s sentimental Tramp was unquestionably dead, and in its place was an... Read more
    Published 5 months ago by THE BLUEMAHLER
    5.0 out of 5 stars Chaplin's Masterpiece on Blu is EXCELLENT!
    I belong to the group of people who think 'Monsieur Verdoux ' is Chaplin's greatest film. ('Limelight' runs a very close 2nd for me) Everything from the script and acting, to the... Read more
    Published 5 months ago by Marty Gillis
    5.0 out of 5 stars A film that will haunt you until motion pictures are no longer made....
    A Comedy Of Murders. Based on an idea by Orson Welles, for which he was paid $5,000. Wow. The opening scene presages Sunset Boulevard (released in 1950), with its “from the grave”... Read more
    Published 6 months ago by Surferofromantica
    5.0 out of 5 stars BENNIE QUINCY SHAFT SAYS ...
    CHAPLIN'S WONDERFUL BLACK COMEDY ABOUT A SERIAL KILLER WHO KILLS TO SAVE HIS FAMILY IS, DESPITE ITS PREMISE, VERY FUNNY. BERTHA ZELDA AND I BOTH LOVE THIS MOVIE.
    BUY THIS ONE.
    Published 7 months ago by Bennie Quincy Shaft
    5.0 out of 5 stars Chaplin was a master.
    Monsieur Verdoux is a great picture and the Criterion Blu-ray version is beautiful. The picture and sound are crisp and clear, looks like something from the 80s rather than the... Read more
    Published 10 months ago by M. Kenny
    5.0 out of 5 stars Chaplin the bad guy?
    Chaplin was not the funny kind of personality he illustrates in his films. Not the Chaplin I expected. It's a different side of him.
    Published 10 months ago by Edward Ortiz
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