Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Photo and caption from Liberty magazine, 1947


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  1. The photo looks about a decade older than 1947.

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  2. I was going to say he looks strikingly youthful in this picture compared to how he looked around the time of Monsieur Verdoux! But the caption doesn't lie--unless they were using an older picture for some reason. Huh. Odd.

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  3. It's definitely from 1947 (or earlier). I have the magazine. To me, his hair looks similar to the way it was in the movie. It was dyed black with a little gray left in the front.

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  4. When I see this photo I cant help but be Surprised this was ever in a magazine because of the censorships at the time thought something like this would have been a little risqué to print.

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  5. Liberty definitely used an older photo for this story, by the looks of it a shot from the mid-1930s.

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    1. It's hard to see here but I have a real b&w version of this photo and you can see the age spots on his hands, did he have those in the mid-30s? Plus his hair is dyed black. It's possible it could be during the filming of Modern Times but I still say it's later. Possibly during the filming of The Great Dictator.

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  6. I am just surprised Chaplin took the photo. For someone so adamant about privacy, this seems very out there. Even if he's at a tennis club or something!

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    1. I wondered if it was some kind of poolside shower and he's wearing swimsuit that we can't see (with the straps down).

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  7. I read somewhere that it was Oona who took this shot for the magazine

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    1. I've never seen the photo published anywhere except the magazine and she isn't mentioned.

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    2. The photo was publisheed in French magazine NOIR ET BLANC dated January 1st 1947. So the photo was taken at the maximum in 1946. I cannot see Verdoux's real moustache Chaplin wore during the filming of the movie.
      May Paul Dorsey be the photographer's name?
      D.

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    3. Yes, that's exactly who it was. I can't believe I didn't notice it before. He was a photographer for the LA Times & Life Magazine (among others).

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