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Review of “A Countess from Hong Kong”

A Countess from Hong Kong has an underlying political context—two revolutions and American diplomacy—but its political perspective goes even deeper, to the long-standing and long-unchallenged moralism that results in pervasive hypocrisy. Chaplin was a sexual revolutionary long before the sexual revolution, and here, at the age of seventy-seven, he foresaw—even unto the film’s concluding tango, half a decade before Bertolucci’s—a world in which sex would break down the doors and come out of the closets.”

– Richard Brody, The New Yorker, December 18, 2012

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