Charlie Chaplin plays shockingly against type in his most controversial film, a brilliant and bleak black comedy about money, marriage, and murder. Chaplin is a twentieth-century bluebeard, an enigmatic family man who goes to extreme lengths to support his wife and child, attempting to bump off a series of wealthy widows (including one played by the indefatigable Martha Raye, in a hilarious performance). This deeply philosophical and wildly entertaining film is a work of true sophistication, both for the moral questions it dares to ask and for the way it deconstructs its megastar’s lovable on-screen persona.

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Ratings and Reviews

3.7 out of 5
24 Ratings
24 Ratings

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  • Average 8.3/10
  • Fresh 30
  • Rotten 1

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Information

Studio
The Criterion Collection
Genre
Comedy
Released
Copyright
© 1947 Roy Export S.A.S. All Rights Reserved.

Languages

Primary
English (Stereo)

Accessibility

SDH
Subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing refer to subtitles in the original language with the addition of relevant nondialogue information.

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