Miami Beach Cinematheque. From Sep 26th through Sep 27th, 2008. The Miami Beach Cinematheque, in collaboration with Emerging Pictures, presents the screening of Monsieur Verdoux "A Comedy of Murders" on Friday and Saturday, September 26th and 27th, 2008 at 8:30 p.m.
Charlie Chaplin's Monsieur Verdoux is widely considered one of his best works (this one is well past the silent era), and his most political. Chaplin immodestly proclaimed it "the cleverest, most brilliant film of my career." 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 to be directed by anyone but himself.
Verdoux stars Chaplin as the mustachioed bluebeard whose charming manners cloak a deep-seated, murderous hatred. Plagued with censorship problems, and temporarily pulled from distribution at the height of the Cold War Hollywood witch-hunts, Verdoux was initially vilified for its risqué societal critique.
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