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A King in New York

Chaplin plays the recently deposed king Shahdov from Europe. He seeks refuge in New York, but is soon accused of communist sympathies. More or less autobiographical.

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Deze voorstelling maakt deel uit van Rialto Filmclub met als gastspreker deze maand Ernst-Jan Pfauth.

A King in New York

A recently deposed European monarch seeks shelter in New York City, where he becomes an accidental television celebrity and is later – wrongly – accused of being a communist. A sharp satire on everything, from communism to consumerism.

With A King in New York, Charles Chaplin was the first filmmaker to address the paranoia and political intolerance of communism. Again also a personal topic, as he too could not escape McCarthy's anti-communist "witch hunt", reason for him to leave the United States in 1952 to settle in Europe permanently.