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A King in New York
Directed by Charles Chaplin • 1957 • United Kingdom
When the deposed European King Shadov (Charlie Chaplin) arrives in New York as a new exile, he realizes he must earn a living and accidentally discovers that television commercials afford him the opportunity to do just that. But he also discovers that lurking beneath the seeming free-wheeling American commercialism in the 1950s is a grim mean-spiritedness that threatens to crush the most innocent of its citizens along with its perceived 'enemies.'