Charlie Chaplin (1951)

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"A Woman of Paris" 177 The father, turning on the light, angrily asks to see his son alone, then demands, "Get that woman out of this house!" He refuses to hear any explanations. Jean claims his mother will understand. "She's been locked out. That's all." In the hall Marie says, "I'd better go," covers her face with her hands. The mother comes down- stairs and another quarrel starts. Jean leaves with Marie, rebuffing his mother's pleas. The couple go to the railway station, where a porter carrying a large trunk on his back offhandedly dumps it on the floor. A train for Paris is due in thirty minutes and Jean gives Marie money to buy their tickets while he rushes home to pack. "Don't be long," she pleads. Back home, as the father turns away from Jean, the mother pleads: "Father's determined; why not make the best of it?" Jean angrily: "I never want to see him again!" In the parlor the father offers Jean money through the mother as intermediary, but ignores her pleas to say goodbye to him. Jean, coming downstairs with his bag, refuses to take the money or to say goodbye to his father whose back is turned and hidden by the large chair he is sitting in. As the mother weeps, the son calls out a fare- well to the father but, receiving no reply, he starts away. Then he notices his father's pipe on the floor, and rush- ing back finds his father motionless. Jean calls his mother; the two, distraught, loosen the stricken man's clothing. Jean calls the doctor. From the station the impatient Marie telephones: "Jean, haven't you left yet?" He replies, "Oh, is that you, Marie? We'll have to postpone our trip." There is an interruption; he asks her to wait "just a moment." He leaves the telephone to open the door for the doctor. Marie, believing he has changed his mind, hangs up with an embittered expression. She comes out of the station door and as she looks up (in a semi-close-up), the re-