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A Countess from Hong Kong

Chaplin was a sexual revolutionary long before the sexual revolution.

Richard Brody, The New Yorker

Marlon Brando, Sophia Loren, Sydney Chaplin, Tippi Hedren,

A bedroom farce about women left stateless and vulnerable by two world wars requires the Lubitsch Touch at the very least. Chaplin’s touch invests Brando’s American diplomat Ogden with his progressive views if not the Tramp’s lithe spirit, so we have our humanitarian hero lumbering to keep up with Sophia Loren (a veteran of Italian comedies) as she leaps from bedroom to stateroom and back again as a stowaway Russian escaping prostitution in Hong Kong on a ship bound for the US. Extended slapstick and a Chaplin cameo remind us what this film might have been if he, and the world, were younger.

Judy Bloch
  • Charles Chaplin
  • Arthur Ibbetson
  • English
Print Info
  • Color
  • 35mm
  • 108 mins
  • Universal Pictures

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Chaplin album (article), Soho Weekly News, Leonard Maltin, 1977

Charles Chaplin (program note), British Film Institute, Ken Wlaschin, 1976

Chaplin recaptures Paris to sell movie rereleases (article), Milt Freudenheim, 1972

Charlie Chaplin welcomed back to U.S. at big gala (article), Vallejo Times-Herald, 1972

Remembrance of tramps past (article), Mark Shivas, 1971

A countess from Hong Kong (review), Sight and Sound, Philip Strick, 1967

New Chaplin film shown in London (review), 1967

Entertainment abroad (other), United Press International, Robert Musel, 1966

Just for Variety (article), Variety, Army Archerd, 1966

News from Charles Chaplin's A countess from Hong Kong (distributor materials), Pinewood Studios, Bill Edwards (Pinewood Studios), 1966

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