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Countess From Hong Kong

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Charlie Chaplin's final film is a delightful romantic comedy, filled with clever touches for which he's famous. Written, directed and composed by Chaplin, it revolves around Russian emigre countess Natascha (Sophia Loren), forced into prostitution in Hong Kong, who stows away in wealthy American Ogden's (Marlon Brando's) stateroom to blackmail her way to the States. Since Ogden has a mind of his own, and can even resist Natascha's charms, what follows is one of the funniest tugs of war ever devised! A wealth of talent supports the stars. There's Chaplin's Son, Sydney, as Brando's cruise companion, Tippi Hedren as his icy wife, Patrick Cargill as the ultimate gentleman's gentleman, and Margaret Rutherford as a dotty old dame. Chaplin himself tops it off with a cameo as the ship's steward! The gags are pure Charlie and his actors make the most of them, sailing in and out of slamming doors - and outrageous situations - with ease.

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    • Actors: Marlon Brando, Sophia Loren, Tippi Hedren, Sydney Chaplin, Charles Chaplin
    • Directors: Charles Chaplin
    • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
    • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
    • Subtitles: French, Spanish
    • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
    • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
    • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
    • Number of discs: 1
    • Rated:
      G
      General Audience
    • Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment
    • DVD Release Date: February 4, 2003
    • Run Time: 108 minutes
    • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
    • ASIN: B00007GZR3
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,538 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
    • Learn more about "Countess From Hong Kong" on IMDb

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    By T. Schoon on May 17, 2001
    Format: VHS Tape
    "Countess" was Chaplin's final film and sadly I think it has been labelled as being awful. This is not the case. I feel that the main reason for people believing this to be a bad film is that they don't understand it. Chaplin always created fantastic stories out of simple ideas and this is not an exception. It is written and directed with such subtle elegance that some of the simpliest visual gags turn into the most hilarious situations. There are fantastic actors all round: Brando himself, Sophia Loren looking gorgeous, Sydney Chaplin showing that talent does run in the family and Patrick Cargill as the butler. Chaplin himself pulls a cameo and does a great job at not hogging his screen time, a mistake made by directors like Tarantino. The result is an amazingly gentle film that shows people from a fresh human perspective, a breath of fresh air by todays standards. You will be missed Charlie.
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    A COUNTESS FROM HONG KONG was director/comedian Charlie Chaplin's final film. In this film he is the director, writer and composer.
    The story concerns a beguiling Russian countess named Natascha (Sophia Loren - HOUSEBOAT), a young woman forced into prostitution in Hong Kong, when she happens to meet an American politician named Ogden Mears (Marlon Brando - A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, SUPERMAN). She stows away in his stateroom aboard a ship headed back to the States, where she belives she can escape her miserable life.
    The usual battle-of-the-sexes ensues, when Natascha and Ogden are forced to spend the entire voyage together, bickering and fighting over their different opinions and tastes. But its soon evident that they are in love. Things become complicated when Ogden's icy wife (Tippi Hedren - THE BIRDS, MARNIE) joins the ship at Hawaii, while Natascha finds herself marrying Ogden's valet in order to gain an American passport!
    This is a film that feels a little old-fashioned for the 1960s, but it is a rather charming and engaging romantic comedy. Perhaps the film is best-known for launching the hit single "(Love) This is My Song", made famous by Petula Clark. The movie also stars Sydney Chaplin, Patrick Cargill and Margaret Rutherford in a rather-clever cameo.
    The DVD includes the trailer. (Single-sided, single-layer disc).
    This DVD is part of a new series of classic releases from Universal that also include "Pillow Talk", "Send Me No Flowers", "The Thrill of It All!" and a twofer of "Man's Favorite Sport?/Strange Bedfellows".
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    This film has been trashed mostly by people who are holding this up to Chaplin's earlier masterpiece films. It is easy to see this one isn't like his other movies and it wasn't meant to be.
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    Although you can see that Charlie Chaplin used some of the tricks he used in his silent flicks, the story line and the acting was great. Brando was perfect as the man to fall for the semi-soiled dove as portrayed by Sophia Loren. Sophia had terrific timing for the comedy bits as did Marlon Brando neither of which was known for their comedy chops. Tippi Hedren as the rich B@#$& soon to be ex-wife pulled it off perfectly. Sidney Chaplin was good as the sidekick/secretary and watch for a cameo of both Charlie Chaplin as a steward and his daughter Geraldine in a brief bit.
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    I recently bought the film "A Countess from Hong Kong" that was the last film directed by Charlie Chaplin. Even though I am an admirer of Charlie Chaplin's acting and directing talents, an admirer of Marlon Brando's acting achievements especially in "A Streetcar Named Desire" and "On The Waterfront," and an ardent admirer of Sophia Loren's voluptuous beauty that is equally matched by her acting ability, I was discouraged from buying this DVD by the movie reviewers who declared that Charlie Chaplin's last movie was a flop. Luckily, I was encouraged to buy this DVD on the basis of the previous three perceptive reviewers of this movie. As they note both Sophia Loren and Marlon Brando live up in "A Countess in Hong Kong" to their lifelong ability to create three-dimensional characters who have both a dramatic and comic awareness of the situation that they are in. There is a definite chemistry between Marlon Brando's and Sophia Loren's characters in this movie. It is entirely believable that the two would fall in love with each other given each of their character's circumstances. Marlon's character is trapped by a loveless marriage, by his inheritance of his father's wealth as a Texas oil tycoon, and by his attempt to have a political role to play in the U. S. Government even though his political posturing is expressed by empty, uninspired rhetoric and lacks sincere personal conviction. He is truly trapped by his marriage, his wealth that he inherited but had no role in making, and his unfulfilling political ambitions. Marlon's character becomes increasingly moved by Sophia's character's seemingly hopeless predicament of trying to flee from her life of prostitution in Hong Kong by stowing away in Marlon's character's suite on board the ship that is travelling to Hawaii.Read more ›
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    Light hearted fun and comedy abound in this tale of Natascha, a White Russian "Countess" played by the beautiful Sophia Loren, who stows away in the cabin of a very, very rich American diplomat, Ogden Mears, played by Marlon Brando on a luxury sea voyage from Hong Kong! Natascha wishes to make a new life for herself in America and is discovered in his cabin in very short order. She is gorgeous, determined and broke! He is shocked, put out and frightened of discovery by the press and, eventually, his wife Martha, played by Tippi Hedren, who is to join the voyage in Hawaii! Misunderstandings and complications arise to such an extent that Natascha finds herself being asked to marry Ogden's valet, Hudson, before she is discovered by Martha! The problem is that Ogden Mears has fallen in love with Natascha through all of the subterfuge! Enjoy this romp on the high seas. Charlie Chaplin and his brother, Sydney, both appear in the film in cameo. Charlie Chaplin wrote the screenplay and directed the film. He also penned the words and music to, "(Love) This Is My Song," eventually recorded by Petula Clark but used in the film in its instrumental version only.
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