What Got This Director Here?: City Lights.
My Favorite Past Experience Was…: Modern Times.
What Did I Watch: Monsieur Verdoux.
Where Does He Fit: The world had turned on Charles Chaplin by the time of Monsieur Verdoux, with Orson Welles not being particularly fond of the final product due to his lack of fondness for Chaplin’s work as a director, and Communist witch hunts resulting in the film barely being recognized. The dark comedy was too nasty for its time even as it foreshadowed some of the Ealing comedies that were to come, and Chaplin made no money off the production. Perhaps he missed the Tramp, but this Bluebeard is brilliant, and gives us plenty of amazing supporting roles for the women (Martha Raye’s the clear winner and between this/Hellzapoppin’, she got gypped out of Oscar nods twice over).
Most Valuable Asset: His own acting.
Most Excited For: Limelight.
Did They Deserve a Spot?: Yes. (Better than Keaton! *runs off*)
Coming Up Next: Slow cinema’s Andrei Tarkovsky.