Classic Dark Comedy

Charlie Chaplin’s Monsieur Verdoux screens at the Capawock, Wednesday, March 24 at 7 p.m.

Chaplin abandoned his Little Tramp persona for this dark comedy about a man driven to murder. Like so many others, bank clerk Monsieur Verdoux loses his job during the Great Depression — and can’t find another. Because he has an invalid wife and child to support, the desperate Verdoux hits upon a novel way of making a living: he marries wealthy women, one after another, and kills them. Then he returns home to his beloved family, who remain in blissful ignorance of his extracurricular activities. But when an unexpected tragedy occurs, he finds it impossible to continue the charade.

Richard Paradise will give a special introduction.