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The Idle Class / The Pilgrim


Monsieur Verdoux
Image courtesy of Film Desk

The Idle Class / The Pilgrim

Monsieur Verdoux

Retrospective: Charlie Chaplin

Charlie Chaplin's singular blend of slapstick, pathos, and social satire made him one of the greatest artists the cinema has ever produced. His iconic Tramp, perhaps the most recognizable character in film's history, has delighted generations of moviegoers in every corner of the world since he first appeared on screen in 1914. This 17-film series is a wonderful opportunity to experience Chaplin's timeless artistry on the big screen in gorgeous new 35mm prints.


Many classic films are just as powerful today as when they were first released. We add such films from many genres to our schedule throughout the season. Many are shown on the occasion of their rereleases, in fresh, new or restored prints.

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 for more information.

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

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