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Charlie Chaplin is MONSIEUR VERDOUX

Louis Black Presents Charlie Chaplin in: MONSIEUR VERDOUX Monday 11/29 & Wednesday 12/1, 7:00 @Ritz Advance tickets available here

We're very proud to invite Louis Black, founder and editor of the Austin Chronicle and SXSW, to present one of the greatest black comedies of all time, Charlie Chaplin's MONSIEUR VERDOUX. In addition to founding two of the biggest and hippest institutions in Austin Texas, Black is a serious film scholar and enthusiast. While earning a degree in Film studies at the University of Texas, he was one of the key members/programmers of the legendary CinemaTexas series. He also was one of the original board members of the Austin Film Society.

Needless to say, he's a man of great esteem in the Austin film scene. He also happens to love this awesome Charlie Chaplin movie MONSIEUR VERDOUX. This is Chaplin's darkest and most sadistic work, a comedy of murder that, while hitting much of the same comic genius of Chaplin's earlier work, will show you a new side of the great tramp.

MONSIEUR VERDOUX, based on an idea by Orson Welles, tells the morbid story of the titular hero, a gold-digging fop who excels at the art of extermination. He woos wealthy widows and snaps up their fortunes with one hand while snapping their necks with the other. This delightful tale will have you laughing, philosophizing, and cringing along with the great star.

Louis Black will be on hand to give us some insight on the history and context of the film, and why it's so important for us to love it.

We're also presenting MONSIEUR VERDOUX without Louis as a matinee on Sunday 12/5 at 12pm.

Get your tickets for this great show now.


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