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Director:
Writer:
Charles Chaplin (written by)
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Release Date:
4 November 1923 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
A kept woman runs into her one-time fiancé and finds herself torn between love and comfort. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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1 win See more »
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(4 articles)
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Beautifully directed and acted See more (30 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Edna Purviance ... Marie St. Clair

Clarence Geldart ... Her Step-Father (as Clarence Geldert)
Carl Miller ... Jean Millet
Lydia Knott ... His Mother
Charles K. French ... His Father (as Charles French)

Adolphe Menjou ... Pierre Revel
Betty Morrissey ... Fifi
Malvina Polo ... Paulette
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nellie Bly Baker ... Masseuse (uncredited)
Henry Bergman ... Head Waiter (uncredited)

Charles Chaplin ... Station Porter (uncredited)
Frank Coghlan Jr. ... Boy (uncredited)
Harry d'Abbadie d'Arrast ... Man in Nightclub (uncredited)
Stella De Lanti ... Revel's Fiancée (unconfirmed) (uncredited)
Jean de Limur ... Man in Nightclub (uncredited)

Charles Farrell ... Man in Nightclub (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Mannequin (uncredited)
Karl Gutman ... Orchestra Conductor (uncredited)
James A. Marcus ... Tramp (uncredited)
Harry Northrup ... Revel's Valet (uncredited)
Granville Redmond ... Man in Nightclub (uncredited)
Philip Sleeman ... Gigolo (uncredited)
Arthur Stibolt ... Cook (uncredited)
A. Edward Sutherland ... Cook (uncredited)
Wilhelm von Brincken ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)

Directed by
Charles Chaplin 
 
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Charles Chaplin (written by)

Produced by
Charles Chaplin .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Charles Chaplin (1976)
Louis F. Gottschalk (uncredited)
Fritz Stahlberg (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Roland Totheroh (uncredited)
Jack Wilson (uncredited)
 
Film Editing by
Monta Bell (uncredited)
Charles Chaplin (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Arthur Stibolt (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
A. Edward Sutherland .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jack Wilson .... second camera operator (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Eric James .... music associate (1976 version)
Eric Rogers .... music orchestrated and conducted by
Eddy Joseph .... music editor (1976 version) (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Toraichi Kono .... driver: Mr. Chaplin (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Monta Bell .... literary editor (uncredited)
Harry d'Abbadie d'Arrast .... researcher (uncredited)
Jean de Limur .... researcher (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
USA:78 min (1976 release)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (1978 re-release) | Silent
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Germany:o.Al. | Spain:T | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (re-rating) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating)

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Trivia:
The re-issue of this film, with a musical score and new cut by Charles Chaplin, was the last work of his entire film career. By then the 87-year-old Chaplin was visibly frail, but still walking. His score was aided by arranger Eric James, and he took a small theme from Monsieur Verdoux (1947), but most of the score was Chaplin's. The film was re-issued posthumously in 1977 with the new score to overwhelming critical and public praise. At that time many critics praised it (as in the trailer) as one of the best films ever made.See more »
Quotes:
[Intertitle]:Time heals, and experience teaches that the secret of happiness is in service to others.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Chaplin Today: A Woman of Paris (2003) (TV)See more »

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17 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Beautifully directed and acted, 9 January 2005

Charles Chaplin is noted for his comedy performances, and deservedly.

His direction, though, should be more highly regarded, if only for this one motion picture.

Compare the quality of the photography and the smoothness of the editing to, for example, "The Gold Rush," of about the same time.

"A Woman of Paris" is very modern; "The Gold Rush" is downright primitive (but, in spots, brilliant).

"A Woman of Paris" also shows some admirable acting talent in, really, all the players. Some of the lesser characters are still played beautifully, despite being "lesser," especially Marie's maids and her, more or less, friends, and very especially the masseuse.

And the scene where the artist's mother, played by Lydia Knott, bent on revenge, comes upon Marie -- with no words, just body movement and facial expression -- she tells the audience what the proverbial thousand words could not so well.

Credit for part of that good acting must, of course, go to the director, but even the best director can't make much of poor actors.

Chaplin had very good actors. Adolphe Menjou reached stardom, and deservedly. What a tremendous talent; he could do everything.

Edna Purviance should have achieved much more acclaim. She performed admirably, especially in this movie, and she was attractive. Fame is certainly fickle.

In some ways, "A Woman of Paris" might be written off by a few as "soap opera." But it is well worth watching for the performances and, especially, for the directing.

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