A king in New York, Charlie Chaplin, Michael Chaplin, England, king Shahdov
A King in New York Is a film by Charlie Chaplin which is directed, not at a particular individual, nation, culture as most critics would argue, but at the inhumanity caused by lack of political reality, and the organized attack on freedom in a world of informants. In the film, Chaplin can best be described by two titles. In one review, the actor can be seen as a monarchy in exile while in another, he is a king in decline.
[...] It was not easy for him in New York because reporters and photographers tirelessly confronted him. Conversely, the King did not seem bothered by the nosy press because even with the many flashing and clicking cameras, one more? Of course!” was his reply. Chaplin, staring as the King, has a sense of humor when he tells the press to take him more photos regardless of his bad reputation while people would run from cameras as fast as they can. With no money, King Shahdov (Chaplin) turns to television commercial, in order to survive in the concrete jungle. [...]
[...] Her fashionable display and elegance shows exactly how, in real life, Chaplin preferred a woman to look like. The King, Shahdov, formally greets Queen Irene reminding her that their marriage was “arranged” and that she was in love “unfortunately” not with him due to her young age at the time of marriage. This also shows the true nature of Chaplin's love life with younger girls who would often parade him in court for child support. Shahdov seems fine with the divorce because he is no longer a king and does not deserve a wife therefore, wants to Queen Irene (Audley). [...]
[...] King Shahdov's career, with the help of Anna Kay (Dawn Adams), was flourishing rapidly. At one point Anna told Shahdov that he was the “most popular” in the United States. In depth this is a foreshadow of Chaplin's life after retiring from acting because today, he is a legendary in film, one of the world's greatest actors and directors. However, Rupert was homeless and out of school because his teachers were fired and detained for being communists. Little did Shahdov know that Rupert's parents, had crossed paths with the HUAC, and were jailed for communism? [...]
[...] Truffaut, Francis. The films in my life. New York: Simon and Schuster Print. (Whitfield p. 191) (Maland p. 392) (Vanneman p. 32) (Lev p. [...]
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