A Woman of Paris: A Drama of Fate (1923) DVD9
A Woman of Paris (1923) was the first film Chaplin made for United Artists Film Corporation, which he founded with his friends Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks and D. W. Griffith. It was Charlie Chaplin's dramatic film debut, an attempt to prove he could do more than comedy and didn't need to star in a film to appeal to his audience. The sophisticated melodrama stars Chaplin's onetime lover, Edna Purviance, as Marie St. Clair.

The film opens with Marie planning to escape suffocating parents and her provincial village for Paris with her betrothed, Jean Millet (Carl Miller). But the sudden death of Jean's father keeps him from meeting Marie at the train station. The deeply wounded Marie boards the train for Paris alone. By the next scene, a year later, Marie has become the mistress of the city's wealthiest bachelor - and most notorious rake Pierre Revel (Adolphe Menjou) who lavishes Marie with material things, but is promised in marriage to an heiress.

A year later she accidently meets Jean, who has come to Paris with his mother to study art. Suddenly, Jean re-enters her life, and Marie must choose between her lost true love and the lifestyle she has become accustomed to.

DVD9 | PAL 4:3 | 01:17:51 | 6.99 Gb + 3% rec
Language: English intertitles
Audio: Dolby Digital 2.0, Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: Deutsch, Espanol, Francais, Italiano, Portugues, Dansk, Suomi, Islenska, Norsk, Svenska, Czech(Ceske), Greek, Magyar, Polish, Turkish, Hebrew, Russian
Genre: Drama, Romance, Silent

Director: Charles Chaplin
Cast: Edna Purviance, Clarence Geldart, Carl Miller, Lydia Knott, Charles K. French, Adolphe Menjou
Country: USA

• Introduction by David Robinson (5 min.) — Chaplin's biographer discusses the historical and cinematic context of the film
• Chaplin Today: A Woman of Paris (2003, 26 min.) — documentary by Mathias Ledoux with the participation of the Norwegian film actress and director Liv Ullmann
• Deleted shots (6 min.) — scenes cut by Chaplin from the film when he composed the musical score for the film's reissue
• United Artists (3 min.) — signing the contract creating United Artists: Charles Chaplin, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks and D. W. Griffith
• Paris in the '20s (10 min.) — images of the French capital in the Roaring Twenties, the setting and the period of the film’s story
• "Camille" (1926, 33 min.) — an amateur movie by Ralph Barton based on La Dame aux Camelias and featuring numerous personalities of the New York (and visiting) intelligentsia of the time, including Anita Loos, Paul Robeson, Sinclair Lewis, Ethel Barrymore, Sacha Guitry, Yvonne Printemps and Charles Chaplin
• Theatrical trailers from around the world (3 min.)
• "The Chaplin collection" - Scenes from films in the Chaplin Collection (11 min.)
• 4 photo galleries slideshows:
– Charles Chaplin directs A Woman of Paris
– Sets
– Edna Purviance
– Miscellaneous

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