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A Countess from Hong Kong

1967, Charles Chaplin, UK, 108 min.
With Marlon Brando, Sophia Loren

Show Times

  • Fri, Jan 17th 3:45pm
  • Sun, Jan 19th 2:45pm
  • Thu, Jan 23rd 6:00pm

"One of the strongest films of Chaplin's career."—Donna Kornhaber, Charlie Chaplin, Director

"If you ever liked Chaplin, you will probably like A COUNTESS FROM HONG KONG. It is the quintessence of everything Chaplin has ever felt."—Andrew Sarris, Village Voice

Chaplin's final film was greeted with an onslaught of hostility and disappointment that baffled the 70-year-old filmmaker, who until the end of his days considered it one of his very best movies, equaled only, perhaps, by CITY LIGHTS. Originally conceived in the late 1930s, the story concerns an uptight American diplomat (Brando) who finds a refugee Russian prostitute (Loren) stowing away in his shipboard cabin. The film's defenders see it as a visually expert slamming-doors farce deepened by undertones of skepticism, despair, and Chaplin's self-reflexive critique of his own previous work. Chaplin himself berated critics for misjudging Brando's performance ("'Brando is wooden'—but that's just the whole point!") and the film's tone ("It's a very sad story"). U.S. premiere of new 4K DCP digital restoration. (MR)

The film's most eloquent defenders have included Harvard student (and future film director) Tim Hunter and film scholar Donna Kornhaber, author of the excellent book Charlie Chaplin, Director. You can read Hunter's defense in this link and Kornhaber's in this link

Buy a ticket at our regular prices for either A WOMAN OF PARIS or A COUNTESS FROM HONG KONG, and get a ticket for any show of the other film at this discount rate with proof of your original purchase: General Admission $7; Students $5; Members $4. (This discount price applies to the second film only. Discount available in person at the box office only.)

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