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A King in New York(1957)

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  • Late Chaplin Film Uneven But Worth Seeing

    • Denis
    • 10/12/17

    Charlie Chaplin's last starring film "A King In New York" (1957) was made in England while Chaplin was exiled from The United States. While hardly a major work and a very uneven film, there are moments of Chaplin brilliance still in evidence. As King Shadov exiled from his country and experiencing the United States for the first time, Chaplin's satire on widescreen movies, screaming rock and roll fans, plastic surgery, and the instant fame and riches from appearing on television are pretty spot on. His little bits of business (like mimicking a food order to a waiter in a noisy restaurant or telling his assistant to answer the telephone with a wave of Dawn Addams' bare foot instead of his hand) are vintage Chaplin. But the film goes from lighthearted to a grimmer tone when he meets a young radical (played impressively by his own son Michael Chaplin) whose presence with The King alerts the suspicions of US government Communist witch hunters and suddenly the King is under suspicion of being a Communist as well. Until it was finally released in America in the early 1970s, the film gained a reputation as a bitter, anti-American attack on the mid-1950s, anti-Commie crazy USA.In reality, although Chaplin does address the witch hunting -- and there are parallels to his own experience -- he does it more with gentle pokes of fun rather than an all out assault. Upon viewing, there is an undertone of hope throughout the film which I found assuring.Again, not a major work and historically significant as Chaplin's last starring film, but certainly worth watching to marvel at Chaplin's little gems of business and at the 68 year old's energy and vibrancy.

  • What a Great Movie

    • Tracey
    • 8/3/08

    I really enjoyed this movie. Charlie Chaplin is wonderful and the story so different.

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