in about 100 words or less
US 93m, silent, B&W
Director: Charlie Chaplin; Cast: Edna Purviance, Clarence Geldart, Carl Miller, Lydia Knott, Charles K. French, Adolphe Menjou
A Woman of Paris is a tragic love story that follows a young woman, Marie St. Clair who plans to leave her small village for Paris with her Jean, her fiancé. Their plans are dashed by unfortunate circumstances which end in Marie going to Paris to live a luxurious life as a mistress to a wealthy older man. Her life is again turned upside down when Jean re-appears with hopes of re-kindling their former relationship. A Woman of Paris was a courageous film for Chaplin, who up until then had only made comedies. The subtleties of the performances and the surprisingly realistic characters was uncommon for films of the silent era, and an indication that Chaplin’s talents far exceeded his role as a comedic actor (Klaus Ming February 2013).