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Monsieur Verdoux [Blu-ray]


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  • Format: Black & White, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Criterion
  • Release Date: March 26 2013
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00AQ6J5I6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #26,941 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)


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By Simon Bergeron TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Nov. 19 2013
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
If you thought 1940's "The Great Dictator" was outrageous, you wait until you see "Monsieur Verdoux". From an idea by Orson Welles, Charles Chaplin abandons ALL that made him the little tramp, grew wiskers for the first time on film and plays a remorseless serial killer with terrifying life philosophy. Still, Chaplin allows us to see much comedy, beautiful cinematography, and arguably one of his best efforts outside his Tramp films.

Criterion offers a special edition worthy of our time. The picture is almost pitch perfect, the re-master has been done with attention and quality and shouldn't disappoint fans of black and white celluloid cinema. As far as sound is concerned, no need to worry on that front. Superb clarity of dialogs, beautiful balance of music and sound effects, all makes for a wonderful immersion in Chaplin's murderous downward spiral.

Special features are also in great servings. Warner's former documentary is back along with two new Criterion featurettes, radio ads and trailers.

If you have yet to experience Chaplin out of his little tramp character, let this be THE film to consider.
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Perhaps at the time it was released it wasnt really appreciated or viewed in the right way, and as in the talking chaplin films, which are different from the silents, it almost seems like a different performer. Here we have an orson welles story(for which he was paid, amidst his disintegrating divorce from Rita Hayworth) and its based on a true story of a french serial murderer but Chaplin makes changes from his source material. He changes his character from a lower class con man murderer to a philosopher murderer and develops an existential drama of modern life and values. The story begins and the depression is a backdrop, about the need to have a paycheque in the cities, where more and more people are moving to, and competition and how this effects modern life. Coupled with this in a later scene are a newspaper headline from the spanish civil war, and the fact that Chaplin's character has just lost his wife and child. This makes him very cynical about modern life and critical and opens up a series of relations with women who he in turn murders..and the people he meets reflect the world, men and women, rather than giving and kind they are looking for something else, and he meets a series of women who are not attractive and murders them for money..revenge on a past wrong or he finds something wrong with them?Read more ›
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If the willingness to take risks is the mark of a great artist -- and I believe it is -- then Monsieur Verdoux is 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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Monsieur Verdoux (Charles Chaplin) is a sad story about Monsieur Verdoux who is a swindling murderer that charms women whom he marries for their assets which he sells after he has murdered a newly acquired wife. Monsieur Verdoux is driven to commit murder as he feels determined to provide the best possible life style for his family. However, Monsieur Verdoux is lost in his determination as it clouds his moral decision making, which he recognizes. Monsieur Verdoux is the darkest of Charles Chaplin's films, and as in his other films it offers a social message. This ominous message becomes apparent from the beginning of the film as Monsieur Verdoux's gravestone is depicted in the initial shot with Chaplin's voiceover that embarks on how he ended up here. Chaplin's direction offers both tragedy and comedy which in the end leaves the audience with a charming, yet disturbing cinematic experience.
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