CINÉPHILE SUNDAYS: 100 Years of Tramps
The Cinéphile Sundays series offers exemplary films—five each semester—from all parts of the globe and all periods of cinematic history. This fall, we celebrate the 100th anniversary of Charlie Chaplin’s creation of the character of the Tramp, by showing three of his films (one short and two features), plus three other films made in the spirit of the Tramp’s subversive laughter.
About Charlie Chaplin
Charlie Chaplin was born Charles Spencer Chaplin in London, England, in 1889. His big break came when he was spotted by an American producer and shortly thereafter took on 35 small roles in a single year. To distinguish himself he decided to play a single identifiable character. The tramp was born. His career spanned over 75 years with 11 directorial credits, 4 wives, 6 sons, and 5 daughters.
Monsieur Verdoux (1947)
A film made when Chaplin’s popularity in the United States was rapidly declining due to the rising McCarthyism, Monsieur Verdoux is a comedy with an edge, inspired by the notorious French serial killer Landru.