Charlie Chaplin's best known character, the lovable Little Tramp, is the hallmark of his film career. The Tramp overshadows Chaplins actual talent for acting, directing, and writing, not to mention his stunt work and adorable grins. Films such as Limelight and The Gold Rush show off his ability to entrance viewers with intricate story arcs, adventure and emotional transformation. Much less flashy is Chaplins darker side, which is prominently featured in Monsieur Verdoux. Monsieur Verdoux is a delightfully black comedy about an unemployed man who marries wealthy widows for their money; a male take on the typically female gold-digging archetype. The twist is that he waits not for them to die, but takes it upon himself to get the inheritance he's after -- by any means necessary. Monsieur Verdoux screens at 7:30 p.m. tonight as part of the great Webster Film Series in the Moore Auditorium (470 East Lockwood Avenue; 314-968-7487 or www.webster.edu/filmseries). Admission is free $5 to $6.
Sun., March 20, 2011