Tag: Drama

Monsieur Verdoux (1947)

Charlie Chaplin’s somewhat cynical, entirely charming and surprisingly provocative Monsieur Verdoux marks the beginning of his post WWII move into more subdued, thoughtful work. While not completely bereft of the slapstick humor that made him famous, Monsieur Verdoux is a much darker piece for the master of silent comedy, carrying with it the widespread despondence that encompassed a global population who had just witnessed one of the most horrific wars in human history.

Monsieur Verdoux

Instantly losing a career thirty-years in the making, Henri Verdoux (Chaplin) is desperate to make a life for himself via any possible means. Driven past the limits of sanity, Verdoux decides to use his cunning charms and superior intellect to seduce rich single women into marriage. Maintaining a “stable” of wives, Verdoux travels to every corner of France on a constant mission to rid the women of their worldly possessions, and, in succeeding, rids them of their lives.

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Let the Right One In (2008)

Let the Right One In

Quiet and precise, unassuming yet powerful, Let the Right One In moves much like that of its vampiric subject, and is a focused and refreshing take on the vampire narrative.

Oskar (Kåre Hedebrant) is a shy twelve-year-old boy living in an apartment complex with his mother, when a strange new tenant moves in next door. A habitual loner, Oskar spends much of his time outside, on a snow-covered jungle gym, where he first meets Eli (Lina Leandersson). As the two continue to meet at the “playground” they begin to bond over Oskar’s bullying and Eli’s quick solution to a Rubik’s Cube. When murders – coinciding with Eli’s arrival – start piling up, it is apparent that this young girl is more than she appears.

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