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A Woman of Paris: A Drama of Fate (1923)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 4 November 1923 (USA)
A kept woman runs into her former fiancé and finds herself torn between love and comfort.

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Charles Chaplin

Writer:

Charles Chaplin
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Edna Purviance ... Marie St. Clair
Clarence Geldart ... Marie's Step-Father (as Clarence Geldert)
Carl Miller ... Jean Millet
Lydia Knott ... Jean's Mother
Charles K. French ... Jean's Father (as Charles French)
Adolphe Menjou ... Pierre Revel
Betty Morrissey Betty Morrissey ... Fifi
Malvina Polo Malvina Polo ... Paulette
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Storyline

Marie St. Clair believes she has been jilted by her artist fiance Jean when he fails to meet her at the railway station. She goes off to Paris alone. A year later, mistress of wealthy Pierre Revel, she meets Jean again. Misinterpreting events she bounces back and forth between apparent security and true love. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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"You Wouldn't Understand" said the erstwhile village girl whom fate has turned into a woman of Paris when the richest bachelor in the world's gayest city pointed to her glittering gems, asking, "What more do you want? You have everything." (Print Ad- Sunday Chronicle, ((Paterson, NJ)) 2 March 1924)

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Drama | Romance

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Passed | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 November 1923 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Una mujer de París See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$351,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$11,233
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Runtime:

| (1976 release)

Sound Mix:

Mono (1978 re-release)| Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This was Charles Chaplin's second critical failure, after his short film Sunnyside (1919). That short was re-issued with a new score with this film in 1977. See more »

Quotes

Marie St. Clair: Why bring up the past?
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Alternate Versions

During 1976, Chaplin was preparing a reissue of A Woman of Paris/Sunnyside but died before completion. The project was completed after his death, and the films were reissued in the United States by Kino International Corp. in 1978. This version, however, dispensed with an opening subtitle, as well as a few brief insert shots. See more »

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I'm giving this an 8 despite its many faults
13 January 2005 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

Marie St. Clair (Edna Purviance) is running away to Paris with boyfriend Jean Millet (Carl Miller). Unfortunately his father dies and he can't go. She goes alone. A year later she is a "kept" woman of rich Pierre revel (Adolphe Menjou). Then, by accident, she runs into Jean who has moved to Paris with his mother. She still loves him...but will he want her now? There are some huge problems with this film. For one thing--the overbearing music score that director/writer Charlie Chaplin added in 1977. It's loud, annoying and obtrusive. Often it doesn't even match what's on the screen! Cheerful music playing during dramatic sequences totally destroy any effect those scenes might have held. Also the plot is just ridiculous and very corny and VERY melodramatic at the end.

I'm giving this a high rating for a few reasons: it's beautifully directed by Chaplin--just stunning to look at. And, despite the plot, all the actors are just fantastic. Miller is handsome, strong and very affecting as the hero. Purviance is just perfect as Marie--you feel all her pain and indecision. Best of all is Menjou--this made him an instant star. He's just great as the heartless Revel.

So, I recommend it. Just turn the sound off and the acting will carry you over the rough spots.


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