Inspired by notorious French serial killer Landru, Henri Verdoux lures wealthy women by promising them sweet happily ever afters. After the wedding bells chime, however, he murders them for their fortunes. In this particularly dark comedy, Charlie Chaplin questions our perception of evil: isn’t this refined criminal a mere amateur compared to weapons suppliers and dictators? We stand ready to condemn a murderer, but when war victims are counted in millions, we celebrate a hero!
Charles Spencer ‘Charlie’ Chaplin became a worldwide icon through his screen persona ‘the Tramp’ and is considered one of the most important figures in the history of filmmaking. His career spanned more than 75 years, from childhood in the Victorian era until a year before his death in 1977 - and encompassed both adulation and controversy.