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Something feels revolutionary about the fact that she ends up alone. Like, for the most part this is set up as a fairly traditional love triangle, but rather than going with the simplistic message of ditching the shallow rich dude for the artistic poor dude, the movie instead goes with the stronger message that neither one of them is good enough for you.
Whether this is a statement about life (serve yourself rather than give yourself away), about romantic tropes (these character stereotypes must be abandoned), or merely that Chaplin's muse Edna Purviance was too good for anyone, it certainly didn’t go over well at the time, as the movie itself was a flop and effectively ended Purviance’s career.
Maybe it’s not exactly radical feminism, but it’s refreshing to see a movie from the 1920's that says a woman can be happy without a man.
Charlie Chaplin | Criterion Channel