A Woman of Paris (1923)

A Woman of Paris



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Charles Chaplin's first, long-awaited, independent production for United Artists begins with an only partially true caveat from its creator: "To The Public -- In order to avoid any misunderstanding, I wish to announce that I do not appear in this picture. It is the first serious drama written and directed by myself. Charles Chaplin," -- Chaplin does appear in a walk-on as a train-station porter. It is indeed a serious drama but it is much more than that. It is a film that set new standards in … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Romance, Classics, Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By: Charles Chaplin
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 2, 2004
Criterion Collection


as Marie St. Claire

as Pierre Revel

as Jean Millet

as Jean's Mother

as Jean's Father

as Marie's Father

as Fifi. Marie's Friend

as Paulette

as Headwaiter

as The Orchestra Conduc...

as Man About Town

as Man About Town

as A Porter
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Critic Reviews for A Woman of Paris

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (5)

Chaplin's manner is deft and witty, but the depiction of unchecked wealth and the moral rot it breeds links this drawing-room romance to the fierce political comedies in which he stars.

Full Review… | April 2, 2013
New Yorker
Top Critic

For some years great groups of the illuminati have been proclaiming Charles S. Chaplin an artist. Yet our good old uncles and funny old aunts, who really knew about custard pies, demurred.

Full Review… | April 2, 2013
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

A Woman of Paris is a serious, sincere effort, with a bang story subtlety of idea-expression.

Full Review… | April 2, 2013
Top Critic

A moving and entertaining work, executed with high finesse by a master cineast.

Full Review… | April 2, 2013
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Despite its wealth of detail and sharp observations about morality, the film remains curiously insubstantial with its refined dabbling in the elements of satire, sentiment and melodrama exploited with such panache in Chaplin's starring comedies.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The picture's effectiveness is enhanced by several comic touches.

Full Review… | April 2, 2013
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Audience Reviews for A Woman of Paris


This was a good movie, a sad, romantic, and sometimes a bit humourous story, with good actors. Just note that Chaplin only directs the movie, he doesn't act in it. Overall, it's a good movie, but there were a couple of boring scenes in the middle of the movie.

Aj V

Super Reviewer


Charles Chaplin is not the star of this, his first serious drama. It's a silent film but Chaplin's direction of actors is so good that they don't overact, all seems very natural. the story is full of controversial or indecent themes for the time it was made (rebellious children, sex outside matrimony, women's lib). A very subtle novelty, as Chaplin said "it's all about how men and women tend to hide their emotions"

Pierluigi Puccini

Super Reviewer

What distincts A Woman of Paris is the line between its overt melodrama and the glorious feature-film period in which Chaplin entered with The Kid.Here,he experimented without his beloved Charlot and yet,Menjou is stellar and so is the usually briosa Purviance.
Predictable and sticking to the strictly condemned love affair,I can only applaud the effort,plus the ironic output,even if he isn't at his most magnificent.

Dimitris Springer

Super Reviewer

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