June 16, 2011, @ 8:00 pm
(Charles Chaplin, UK 1957, 110 min.)
Unreleased in New York until 1972, King is an alternatively gentle and acid satire of American life, which Chaplin himself had only experienced by proxy since the 1952 revocation of his passport. Chaplin stars as King Shahdov, lately exiled from his Ruritanian backwater and beginning anew in New York, land of rock ’n’ roll, TV, and Congressional red-baiting. Chaplin’s own son plays a boy whose life has been ruined by the witch-hunts.