in about 100 words or less
US 31m, B&W, silent
Director: Charlie Chaplin; Cast: Charles Chaplin, Jack Henderson, Edna Purviance, Leo White
A Burlesque on Carmen is a parody of Cecil B. DeMille’s 1915 dramatic version of Prosper Mérimée’s 1845 novella Carmen. Though an inferior 44 minute version of the film exists due to legal proceedings which Chaplin lost, a 1999 restored version is closer to Chaplin’s original production. Purviance’s charming performance as Carmen stands out in this lesser known Chaplin film which hilariously ends by breaking the fourth wall when Charlie reveals that the knife he used to kill his gypsy seductress was indeed a movie prop (Klaus Ming November 2016).