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The Idle Class / The Pilgrim

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Monsieur Verdoux
Image courtesy of Film Desk

The Idle Class / The Pilgrim

Monsieur Verdoux

Thu, May 26, 2011 7 PM

Two comedies of mistaken identity precede one of Chaplin's most unusual films, the almost Hitchcockian Monsieur Verdoux.

In The Idle Class, the Tramp is mistaken for a rich woman’s drunk husband at a country club party leading to hilarious results. (32 mins.) The Pilgrim finds the Tramp as an escaped convict who ends up being mistaken for a small town pastor. (41 mins.)

A wonderful blend of dark comedy and suspense, Monsieur Verdoux stars Chaplin as an unemployed banker who decides to systematically knock off rich widows for their fortunes. The film was almost an Orson Welles film (!) with Chaplin as its star before Chaplin bought rights to the story for himself. (124 mins.) Monsieur Verdoux begins at 8:20 PM.

This screening is held in conjunction with Cinevent 43, Columbus's long-running annual gathering of cinephiles and collectors. Cinevent 43 takes place May 27–30 at the Ramada Plaza Hotel in Columbus. Visit cinevent.com for more information.

Monsieur Verdoux print courtesy of Film Desk. Other prints courtesy of Janus Films.