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A Woman of Paris

A Woman of Paris (1923)

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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

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Charles Chaplin

Mar 2, 2004

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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 Source: New Yorker
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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 Source: 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 Source: Variety
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A moving and entertaining work, executed with high finesse by a master cineast.

April 2, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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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 Source: Time Out
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The picture's effectiveness is enhanced by several comic touches.

April 2, 2013 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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Chaplin's "drama of fate" is really a drama of coincidence and irony, as befits the crossroads of Victorian and Jazz Age Europe

March 4, 2010 Full Review Source: CinePassion
CinePassion

The soap opera love triangle story takes the form of a morality play and is well-constructed but hardly substantial.

August 4, 2008 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Its vintage melodrama does creak with age nowadays. But it remains a Chaplin masterwork that deserves rediscovery.

April 15, 2006 Full Review Source: DVDJournal.com
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It's a Chaplin masterpiece and showed a layer to his work that I never knew existed.

April 24, 2004 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

An important milestone in Chaplin's career, this simple melodrama overcomes the limits of its story to offer a fascinating example of the writer-director's understanding of the constraints of cinematic form.

April 24, 2004 Full Review Source: Film4
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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.
February 9, 2011
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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"
February 8, 2008
pier007

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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.
March 20, 2010
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