A Woman of Paris
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Charles Chaplin's first, long-awaited, independent production for United Artists begins with an only partially true caveat from its creator: "To The Public -- In order to avoid any misunderstanding, I wish to announce that I do not appear in this picture. It is the first serious drama written and directed by myself. Charles Chaplin," -- Chaplin does appear in a walk-on as a train-station porter. It is indeed a serious drama but it is much more than that. It is a film that set new standards in silent dramatic acting and directing. It influenced other filmmakers so deeply that many… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

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"Chaplin's manner is deft and witty, but the depiction of unchecked wealth and the moral rot it breeds links this drawing-room romance to the fierce political comedies in which he stars."
‑ Richard Brody, New Yorker
"A moving and entertaining work, executed with high finesse by a master cineast."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Chaplin's "drama of fate" is really a drama of coincidence and irony, as befits the crossroads of Victorian and Jazz Age Europe"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"It's a Chaplin masterpiece and showed a layer to his work that I never knew existed."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"For some years great groups of the illuminati have been proclaiming Charles S. Chaplin an artist. Yet our good old uncles and funny old aunts, who really knew about custard pies, demurred."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"Despite its wealth of detail and sharp observations about morality, the film remains curiously insubstantial with its refined dabbling in the elements of satire, sentiment and melodrama exploited with such panache in Chaplin's starring comedies."
‑ , Time Out
"The soap opera love triangle story takes the form of a morality play and is well-constructed but hardly substantial."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"An important milestone in Chaplin's career, this simple melodrama overcomes the limits of its story to offer a fascinating example of the writer-director's understanding of the constraints of cinematic form."
‑ , Film4
"A Woman of Paris is a serious, sincere effort, with a bang story subtlety of idea-expression."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"The picture's effectiveness is enhanced by several comic touches."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Its vintage melodrama does creak with age nowadays. But it remains a Chaplin masterwork that deserves rediscovery."
‑ Mark Bourne, DVDJournal.com
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