(Charles Chaplin, US 1923, 82 min.)
Chaplin’s first release for United Artists was and remains a confounding picture — a sentimental melodrama realized with the greatest subtlety. Chaplin provides only a cameo, but his sensibility permeates every frame. His usual leading lady, Edna Purviance, stars as a rural girl who foolishly abandons true love for Parisian playboy Adolph Menjou. Alas, the audience abandoned Chaplin despite reviews that generally acclaimed it as the finest movie yet made. Eastman House members admitted free.