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A Comedy of Murders (Blu-Ray) (*)
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$21.99

Original Title: Monsieur Verdoux
Alternate Title: The Ladykiller
Screened, competed or awarded at:
Oscar Academy Awards
Other Film Festival Awards


Language Selections:
Danish ( Subtitles )
English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 )
Finnish ( Subtitles )
Norwegian ( Subtitles )
Swedish ( Subtitles )


Product Origin/Format:
Sweden ( Blu-Ray/Region B )

Running Time:
125 min

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen

Special Features:
Interactive Menu
Scene Access
Black & White
Remastered
Blu-Ray & DVD Combo


Movie filmed in 1947 and produced in:
United States ( USA, Canada )


Directed By:
Charles Chaplin


Written By:
Orson Welles
Charles Chaplin


Actors:
Charles Chaplin ..... Henri Verdoux
Mady Correll ..... Mona Verdoux
Allison Roddan ..... Peter Verdoux
Robert Lewis ..... Maurice Bottello
Audrey Betz ..... Martha Bottello
Martha Raye ..... Annabella Bonheur
Ada May ..... Annette, Annabella's maid
Isobel Elsom ..... Marie Grosnay
Marjorie Bennett ..... Marie's Maid
Helene Heigh ..... Yvonne La Salle, Marie's friend
Margaret Hoffman ..... Lydia Floray
Marilyn Nash ..... The Girl
Irving Bacon ..... Pierre Couvais
Edwin Mills ..... Jean Couvais
Virginia Brissac ..... Carlotta Couvais


Synopsis:
A Comedy of Murders is a mordant satire that features Chaplin, at 58, as Henri Verdoux, an urbane Parisian bank clerk who loses his career in the Great Depression. Verdoux devises another means to care for his dear wheelchair-bound wife and the young son he loves - using make-believe jobs as cover for his travels, he woos rich widows in other cities, marries them, then murders them for their money.

Von Clausewitz said that war is the logical extension of diplomacy; Monsieur Verdoux feels that murder is the logical extension of business. With his controversial "comedy of murders" Monsieur Verdoux, Charles Chaplin makes his final, definitive break with the Little Tramp character that had brought him fame and fortune. Verdoux (Chaplin), a mild-mannered family man of pre-war France, has hit upon a novel method of supporting his loved ones. He periodically heads out of town, assumes an alias, marries a foolish, wealthy woman, then murders her for the insurance money. He does this thirteen times with success, but wife #14, brassy Martha Raye, proves impossible to kill (nor does she ever suspect what Verdoux has in mind for her). A subplot develops when Verdoux, planning to test a new poison, chooses streetwalker Marilyn Nash as his guinea pig. She tells him so sad a life story that Verdoux takes pity on her, gives her some money, and sends her on her way. Years later, the widowed and impoverished Verdoux meets Nash once more; now she is the mistress of a munitions magnate. This ironic twist sets the stage for the finale, when Verdoux, finally arrested for his crimes and on trial for his life, gently argues in his own defense that he is an "amateur" by comparison to those profiteers who build weapons for war. "It's all business. One murder makes a villain. Millions, a hero. Numbers sanctify..." Sentenced to death, Verdoux remains calmly philosophical to the end. As the condemned man walks to the guillotine, a priest prays for God to have mercy on Verdoux's soul. "Why not?" replies Verdoux jauntily. "After all, it belongs to him." The original idea of Monsieur Verdoux originated with Orson Welles, who'd wanted to make a picture about notorious modern "Bluebeard" Landru. Welles wanted to cast Chaplin in the lead; Chaplin liked the idea, but preferred to direct himself, as he'd been doing since 1914. It is possible that Chaplin might have gotten away with the audacious notion of presenting a cold-blood murderer as a sympathetic, almost lovable figure. Alas, Monsieur Verdoux was released at a time when Chaplin was under a political cloud for his allegedly Communistic philosophy; too, it came out shortly after a well-publicized paternity suit involving Chaplin and Joan Barry. Picketed in several communities, banned outright in others, Monsieur Verdoux was Chaplin's first financial flop. Today, it can be seen to be years ahead of its time in terms of concept, even though the execution is old-fashioned and occasionally wearisome. Monsieur Verdoux doesn't always hit the bull's-eye, but it remains one of Charles Chaplin's most fascinating projects.

Monsieur Verdoux is a bluebeard, he marries women and kills them after the marriage to get the money he needs for his family. But with two ladies he has bad luck.
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