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Film Series : Chaplin without Charlie

A Woman of Paris

1923, Charles Chaplin, USA, 82 min.
With Edna Purviance, Adolphe Menjou

Show Times

  • Fri, Jan 17th 2:00pm
  • Sun, Jan 19th 5:00pm
  • Mon, Jan 20th 6:00pm

Chaplin doesn't appear (save for a brief cameo) in this daring, fascinating film, which he describes as "the first serious drama written and directed by myself." But it's more complicated and dazzling than that: a sophisticated Lubitschian (before Lubitsch himself was Lubitschian!) comedy of manners, book-ended by a deceptively melodramatic opening and a startling, morally complex ending. A village girl (Purviance) is driven by romantic disappointment to Paris, where she becomes the toast of the town, desired by a bon vivant (Menjou) and an earnest artist (Carl Miller). Michael Powell, one of the many filmmakers inspired by this film, said of it, "Suddenly the whole medium grew up." Silent film with synchronized music score. 35mm. (MR)

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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