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Monsieur Verdoux

Charles Chaplin

 
Monsieur Verdoux (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • United States
  • 1947
  • 124 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • English
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  • Spine #652

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

Cast

Henri Verdoux, alias Varnay, alias Bonheur, alias FlorayCharles Chaplin
Mona, his wifeMady Correll
Peter, their sonAllison Roddan
Maurice Bottello, Verdoux’s friend Robert Lewis
Martha, Bottello’s wife Audrey Betz
Annabella BonheurMartha Raye
Annette, her maidAda May Weeks
Marie GrosnayIsobel Elsom
Her maidMarjorie Bennett
Yvonne, Marie’s friendHelene Heigh
Lydia FlorayMargaret Hoffman
The GirlMarilyn Nash
Pierre CouvaisIrving Bacon
John CouvaisEdwin Mills
Carlotta CouvaisVirginia Brissac
Lena CouvaisAlmira Sessions
Phoebe CouvaisEula Morgan
Prefect of policeBernard Nedell
Detective MorrowCharles Evans
Vicki La SalleVera March
Jean La Salle, wedding guestWilliam Frawley
Nutall, real estate agentArthur Hohl
Flower shop girlBarbara Slater
Mr. Karno, wedding guestMillard Sherwood
First reporterHerbert Vigran
Second reporterWilliam Self
PriestFritz Leiber

Credits

DirectorCharles Chaplin
Produced byCharles Chaplin
Written byCharles Chaplin
Based on an idea byOrson Welles
Associate directorsWheeler Dryden and Robert Florey
Music composed byCharles Chaplin
Music arranged and directed byRudolph Schrager
CinematographyRoland Totheroh
Camera operatorWallace Chewning
Art directionJohn Beckman
Assistant directorRex Bailey
EditorWillard Nico
SoundJames T. Corrigan
Artistic supervisionCurt Courant
WardrobeDrew Tetrick
MakeupWilliam Knight
HairHedvig Mjorud
Production managerJohn McFadden
PublicistRussell Birdwell

Disc Features

  • New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Chaplin Today: “Monsieur Verdoux,” a 2003 documentary 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 the director of the Chaplin company Roy Export, Kate Guyonvarch, and author Charles Maland
  • Illustrated audio interview with actor Marilyn Nash
  • Radio advertisements and trailers
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by critic Ignatiy Vishnevetsky and reprinted pieces by Chaplin and critic André Bazin

    New cover by Yann Legandre

Film Essays

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Monsieur Verdoux: Sympathy for the Devil

By Ignatiy VishnevetskyMarch 26, 2013

Charlie Chaplin manages to make a ruthless murderer likable in his brilliant satire of . . . Read more »

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A Comedy of Murders: Chaplin, Monsieur Verdoux, and Black Comedy

By Stephen WinerMarch 29, 2013

When the world’s favorite comedian asked his audience to see him as a sociopathic serial . . . Read more »


Film Essays

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Monsieur Verdoux: Sympathy for the Devil

By Ignatiy VishnevetskyMarch 26, 2013

Charlie Chaplin manages to make a ruthless murderer likable in his brilliant satire of . . . Read more »

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