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.
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.