A Woman of Paris: A Drama of Fate 1923

A Woman of Paris

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Marie St. Clair (Edna Purviance) is a desperate young woman who suspects she has been dumped by her flighty fiancé, Jean (Carl Miller), after he mysteriously stands her up at a railway station, where they were to meet in order to travel to Paris together. She goes off to Paris alone, where she meets wealthy Pierre Revel (Adolphe Menjou) and becomes his mistress. But a year later she meets Jean again and, suddenly caught between two men, isn't sure where her heart truly lies.

Cast & Crew

Edna Purviance
Marie St. Clair
Adolphe Menjou
Pierre Revel
Carl Miller
Jean Millet
Lydia Knott
Jean's Mother
Clarence Geldert
Marie's Step-Father
Henry Bergman
Head Waiter
Harry Northrup
Revel's Valet
Charlie Chaplin
Screenwriter
Charlie Chaplin
Original Music
Fritz Stahlberg
Original Music
Roland Totheroh
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Critic Reviews for A Woman of Paris: A Drama of Fate

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  • It is not pretty. Chaplin never meant it to be. But it is horribly true.

    March 1, 2017 | Full Review…

    CA Lejeune

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  • 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.

    April 2, 2013 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    April 2, 2013 | Full Review…
    TIME Magazine
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  • A Woman of Paris is a serious, sincere effort, with a bang story subtlety of idea-expression.

    April 2, 2013 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

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

    April 2, 2013 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    January 26, 2006 | Full Review…
    Time Out
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Audience Reviews for A Woman of Paris: A Drama of Fate

  • Feb 09, 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.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Sep 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.
    Dimitris S Super Reviewer
  • Aug 01, 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"
    Pierluigi P Super Reviewer

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