This was the film that ultimately did Chaplin in, the one that made sure that he wasn't allowed back into the States, once he had left for a trip to England. 'Verdoux' is an elegant, slightly fuzzy, but well-meaning and well-scripted Bluebeard-comedy with Chaplin in the lead, killing off rich, middle-aged women that he marries, having lost all his money in the big crash of '29. "I am but an amateur when it comes to killing", he says, more or less, in his defense, implying very overtly that the big warfaring nations are the true killers. It is sad how little the world changes, if the Americans got a second chance to get back at Chaplin here and now, they would, with a vengeance. Chaplin thought patriotism was sheer stupidity, and look where we are now. Buy this film, it has historical and artistic significance, the transfer is excellent, and the DVD is crammed with enlightening extras.