Monsieur Verdoux: Charles and Comedy of Murders

From Christopher Frayling, Spaghetti Westerns (New York: I.B. Tarius, 2006), 157.

“I am just an amateur compared to Mr. Roosevelt and Mr Stalin, who do such things on a grand scale.” – Monsieur Verdoux

“Verdoux’ activities are located in a broader political and economic context (the Spanish Civil War, the stock market crash, the rise of the dictators)”

When Verdoux is asked if crime pays, he replies, “No, sir, not in a small way–it needs to be organized.”

“War, conflict–it’s all business. One murder makes a villain; millions, a hero. Numbers sanctify!” – Monsieur Verdoux.

“Verdoux is the model for all the bandits, all the bounty hunters…Put him in a hat and boots, and you have a frontiersman.” – Sergio Leone

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