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Charlie Chaplin’s A Woman of Paris (1923)

100th anniversary screening

Director: Charles Chaplin

Starring: Edna Purviance, Carl Miller, Adolphe Menjou

Music: Charles Chaplin

82 / USA / PG

Charles Chaplin made his debut as a director/producer at United Artists with A Woman of Paris (1923) which, as a serious drama, was a major departure from his previous output.

With this film, Chaplin proved that he was just as adept here as he was with comedy. Directing with keen-eyed finesse and appearing in only a bit role, Chaplin jabs at French high society while telling a tale of tragic love. Marie St. Clair (Edna Purviance) plans to leave for Paris with her fiancé Jean Millet (Carl Miller) so they can be married. But events conspire against them. Marie finds herself alone in Paris where she quickly settles down to life as the mistress of successful businessman Pierre Revel (Adolphe Menjou), enjoying all the luxuries his wealth can offer. But events conspire again and Marie finds herself in a number of troubling situations…

Introduction by writer, critic and film historian Pamela Hutchinson. With thanks to Roy Export S.A.S and Film Hub South West.

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