Saturday, September 25 @ CINEFAMILY - Charlie Chaplin in 'Monsieur Verdoux'
Charley Chaplin's immodestly proclaimed it "the cleverest, most brilliant film of my career!" Nominated for the 1948 Academy Award for Best Screenplay, and originating from a true story, this self-described "comedy of murders" was based on an idea by Orson Welles, which Chaplin reportedly bought for five thousand dollars, in a refusal for it to be directed by anyone but himself. Plagued with censorship problems early on, and temporarily pulled from distribution in the U.S. at the height of the Cold War Hollywood witch-hunts, Verdoux was initially vilified for its risqué societal critique. A mordant satire that exemplifies the fine line between comedy and tragedy, Verdoux transcends the borders of genre, and deserves to be seen multiple times.