A Woman of Paris Reviews

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Super Reviewer
½ February 9, 2011
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.
Super Reviewer
½ August 1, 2007
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"
Super Reviewer
September 11, 2008
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.
½ August 2, 2015
though directed and written by Chaplin he doesn't appear in this pic except a brief walk on... see if u can spot him.
½ November 18, 2013
Perhaps innovative for its time, unfortunately every movie from the late 20's and all of the 30's was obsessed with this basic type of story, and even if they were done later some were much better than this.
August 2, 2008
Great Chaplin film. To bad it's so under-rated. I believe it's coming around though and fans are starting to pick up on just how good it is! Even though "Charlie" never makes an appearance, the direction he gives as Charles Chaplin is wonderful and something to see.
June 19, 2007
Chaplin's first serious dramatic film. There's no comedy in this simple, yet profound story. Beautifully structured and told.
November 9, 2010
A special film in Chaplin's filmography: possibly his most dramatic one (the comic reliefs are few and far between) and with no role for the man himself (his leading lady at the time, Edna Purviance, stars as the woman of the title). The complex characterization (no black-or-white) makes this a realistic testament to the inner battles of a young lady who keeps being let down by the people around her and by herself. The eventual march to awareness is unadorned enough to consider this a winner.
½ February 20, 2012
Underneath the annoying broadly-drawn characters and the frustratingly contrived story, one can't help but feel the sense of something magical, a poetic beauty in it's complexities and in it's very essence.

I've always known Chaplin as a great writer, his ability to blend genres together seamlessly is nothing short of amazing. In A Woman Of Paris, Chaplin showcases his sense of tenderness and delicate poetry that he has weaved so perfectly in his masterpieces. Sadly, it's not perfect. This could just be a matter of personal taste, but I found the characters to be frustrating to almost no end. Much of the main turning points in the story arc (and the resulting irony and drama) relies on contrived and forced coincidences that feel illogical and nonsensical and as a result, make the film difficult to swallow. And because of the characters being so broadly-drawn, you have even more trouble swallowing, as you have trouble even understanding the characters themselves. Almost everything feels so vague.

But somehow, despite any flaws or faults you find in this film, you'll feel a sense of brilliance in it's poetry. As I said, it could just be a matter of taste, or perhaps relevance (this film is 90 years old after all), so it could be easier for other viewers to grasp the film's story. And even if you can't, there's something in the film's delicateness in the narrative that keeps you watching and intrigued. By the film's end, my suspicion's were confirmed. Chaplin again displays his impeccable ability to tie up a film's ends to perfection, like a intricately woven tapestry that reveals a beautifully arresting image. Sorry, that was cheesy. But necessary.

There will be many people that will be frustrated by A Woman In Paris, but there will probably be just as many people who will be able to enjoy it. Regardless of how you may feel about it, there's no doubt that you will feel stimulated, emotionally and spiritually, by Chaplin's glorious talent and skill as a writer and director.
December 16, 2011
A solid drama about the dangers of being "sophisticated". Dramas of mundane existence didn't seem to find their voice, so to speak, until the advent of sound in cinema. It's just an extremely difficult genre to execute successfully in silent film, depending as it does more on dialogue than the more melodramatic action, spectacle, and comedy which made for successful silent films.
½ June 12, 2011
Its vintage melodrama does creak with age nowadays. But it remains a Chaplin masterwork that deserves rediscovery.
½ December 8, 2005
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