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Pinewood Studios, Iver (England)
January through April 1966
Shooting begins at the Pinewood Studios, Iver Heath, without co-star Marlon Brando who calls in sick after spending weeks partying in London. Filming is delayed several times with Sophia getting married and presiding the Cannes Festival while and with Brando hospitalized for a twisted intestine.
Marlon Brando (Ogden Mears)
Sophia Loren (Natasha)
Sydney Chaplin (Harvey Crothers)
Tippi Hedren (Martha)
Charles Chaplin's final acting appearance in a cameo a la Hitchcock as ship's steward. He experiences his first serious injury on the set as he is walking around when his foot gets caught in a grate.
A Countess from
Hong Kong is very negatively
received by the critics and
commercial and financial flop. "
When Sophia comes on the set in her Dior slip
dress Chaplin would have said, "Never
has so much been poured into so
little, If only I were 60 again"
"Our Sophia has evidently accepted with the most devoted dedication every ironic suggestion made by the director, and her performance in some places approaches a classiness, a perfection that bears the Chaplin mark."
Gian Maria Giglielmino, La Gazzetta del Popolo., 31 jan 1967
" The masterpiece of a film which is not a masterpiece is the rewarding performance of Loren the actress. She has a sufficiently broad range, she can go from the most virtuoso humor to expressions which are warm and intense, tender and gentle, almost maternal."
Giovan Battista Cavallaro, L'Avvenire d'Italia, 31 jan 1967
"A Countess from Honk Kong is probable the best movie ever made by a 77-year-old man. Unhappily, it is the worst ever made by Charlie Chaplin."
Time Magazine, 31 mar 1967
"I put all the love I could into that film - not for Brando, but for that incredible man Chaplin who invented our profession, our whole business... I still think it's a lovely film. The critics were wrong to be so unkind to it. It is often on television and each time I see it I appreciate all the grace and elegance of it , just what you could expect from Charlie Chaplin. Maybe it's even better on the little screen. It is an intimate film."
"I loved Sophia Loren in the part and I loved my picture... It had beauty and good human qualities. What do people want these days?"
"I would do this film even if he (Chaplin) was reading were the London telephone directory."