Monsieur Verdoux

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Writes a reader about a black comedy I had never heard of: “You might want to watch an anti-war movie by Charles Chaplin “Monsieur Verdoux” – a ‘comedy of murders’. Chaplin plays a guy who murders old ladies for their money but also befriends a young destitute girl who later becomes a millionairess by marrying a weapons manufacturer …  In the last 7 minutes of the movie, he explains that he was an amateur and that “numbers sanctify” [e.g. mass murder vs. small murder]. You might wish to watch it.”

Wow, listen to Chaplin beginning at 1:52:12 as he says he is an amateur killer compared to mass killers in war.

5:59 pm on January 16, 2014
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