Monsieur Verdoux Overview:

Monsieur Verdoux (1947) was a Crime - Drama Film directed by Charlie Chaplin and produced by Charlie Chaplin.

SYNOPSIS

Chaplin's notorious film about Landru, the Parisian bank clerk who murdered a string of wealthy widows, is a mixture of a straight thriller and black comedy, with an unsettling tone that originally kept away postwar audiences and alienated Chaplin fans. Nevertheless, there is much to recommend this amusing critique of a modern society that values money more than human lives. Big-mouthed comedian Raye has her finest role as the widow who proved Verdoux's ultimate challenge. Ahead of its time when produced, the film has since moved from cult status to classic and is now widely hailed as one of Chaplin's essential works.

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Academy Awards 1947 --- Ceremony Number 20 (source: AMPAS)

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Monsieur Verdoux (1947)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Oct 26, 2017 From 4 Star Films

Prior to the making and release of Monsieur Verdoux Charlie Chaplin had undoubtedly hit the most turbulent patch in his historic career and not even he could come out of scandal and political upheaval unscathed. To put it lightly his stock in the United States plummeted. You would think that he more... Read full article


Monsieur Verdoux (1947)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Oct 26, 2017 From 4 Star Films

Prior to the making and release of Monsieur Verdoux Charlie Chaplin had undoubtedly hit the most turbulent patch in his historic career and not even he could come out of scandal and political upheaval unscathed. To put it lightly his stock in the United States plummeted. You would think that he more... Read full article


The 1947 Blogathon: Monsieur Verdoux

By Summer Reeves on Jul 13, 2015 From Serendipitous Anachronisms

The 1947 Blogathon: Monsieur Verdoux 13 Monday Jul 2015 Posted by Summer Reeves in 1940s, Blogathon, Comedy, Drama, Farce, Philosophy, Politics ≈ 16 Comments Tags1940s, Bazin, Blogathon, Brecht, Charlie Chaplin, Comedy, Creepy True Story, D... Read full article


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Based on real-life French murderer Desire Landru, who was guillotined in 1922.
Chaplin regarded the film as "the cleverest and most brilliant film of my career".
The film was a colossal box-office flop on its 1947 release, despite being ardently championed by writer-critic James Agee, who considered Charles Chaplin's acting performance the greatest male performance he had ever seen in films.
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