Directed by: C. Chaplin
Writing credits: C.Chaplin
Starring: Edna Purviance, Adolphe Menjou, Carl Miller, Henry Bergman
Running time: 83 mins.
A Woman of Paris:
Music composed by Charles Chaplin (1952-76); Posthumous Musical associate: Timothy Brock.
Based on original material for A Woman of Paris written in 1976, and piano recordings made by Chaplin 1952-1969); 83 minutes.
1 Flute (dbl. picc.)
Oboe (dbl. e, horn)
3 Clarinets (III dbl b-clt.)
2 Alto saxophones
Piano (dbl. cel.)
Strings: 10.8.6.6.4 (min: 188.8.131.52.2)
List of percussion:
Cymbals: Suspended, Large and Choke
Vibraphone (with motor)
Film Catalogue - Il Cinema Ritrovato 2005 - XIX edition.
Bologna: Cineteca di Bologna, 2005.
The dilemma of the 1977 version of the score to A Woman of Paris is a complex one, and for me, a source of mixed feelings. On behalf of the Chaplin estate, and of behalf of the composer himself, the primary objective has always been to restore the Chaplin scores as close (as I can come) to how Chaplin heard them himself. In the case of Modern Times, it was a painstaking 14 months of solid meticulous work, and City Lights and The Circus being much the same. However for A Woman of Paris, my 8th score restoration for the Chaplins, the goal was the same, but more than few educated guesses and well-thought-out liberties had to be taken. This was a very different kind of restoration...
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