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

TV-PG | | 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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Marie's Step-Father (as Clarence Geldert)
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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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4 November 1923 (USA)  »

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Una mujer de París  »

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$351,000 (estimated)
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(1976 release)

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(1978 re-release)|

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1.33 : 1
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Charles Chaplin's first film as a partner in United Artists, it is a major departure for him as a drama, with Edna Purviance starring and himself only appearing in a cameo. See more »

Quotes

Marie St. Clair: Well, such is life.
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Referenced in The Cat's Meow (2001) See more »

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Graceful, elegant photography and concise storytelling are made imperfect by missing narrative elements that would have made the film more plausible.
25 January 1999 | by (Chicago IL, United States) – See all my reviews

Finally saw Woman of Paris: this was a legendary film in its day, but mostly because it was virtually never re-released for sixty years after it premiered in 1923, so the legend grew in its absence. The parts of the story that were not told would have made a better movie than the movie, for example why the lovers' fathers at the beginning of the film are against the marriage, and how Marie (Edna Purviance) became a (shudder) "Woman of Paris" during the year following her departure from her fiance. So I didn't buy the story but the camera work and editing do marvelous things with the story that is there. The melodramatic climax is a bit much to be believed, but not comical as a lot of silent mellers appear today. A little D.W. Griffith (sophisticated early use of photography to tell story and set mood), a little Tolstoy ("bad woman" story contrasted with storyteller's emphasis on happy marriages and wholesome family life), a touch of Dreiser ("sinful" characters shown with realistic insight) and I'd guess a soupcon of Terrence Ratigan (sophisticated attitudes) but I doubt he was around then. The ad copy for this film says Chaplin has a cameo as a railway porter but I didn't notice one in the train scene: I suspect instead he was the ticket agent whose hand appears pointing out the ticket window toward the train. Altogether a satisfying and entertaining film, but the story would have been better if Chaplin had worked on it a little longer.


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