Chaplin's Moniseur Verdoux / Endymion

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Chaplin's Moniseur Verdoux / Endymion

Postby knarri » Wed Dec 21, 2005 2:21 pm

I'm trying to solve a little mystery here. In Charles Chaplin's Moniseur Verdoux there's a conversation between Verdoux and a woman:

-How beautiful, this pale Endymion hour.
-What are you talking about?
-Endymion, my dear. A beautiful youth possessed by the moon.
-Well, forget about him and get to bed.
-Yes, my dear.

I'm trying to find out what exactly he's referring to. I was wondering could this mention of Endymion be possibly a refrence to John Keats' work? And could the "How beautiful, this pale Endymion hour" line even a be direct cite from some Keats poem?

All help is appreciated!
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Postby Malia » Wed Dec 21, 2005 5:55 pm

Hi :)
I don't think that the actual line "How beautiful this pale Endymion hour" is in Keats's poem. The mention of Endymion could refer to the poem, but the myth of Endymion was around long before Keats--so who knows? He may have had Keats in mind, he may not have. It's a mystery :wink:
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Postby knarri » Thu Dec 22, 2005 10:02 am


Thank you for your help! I suppose it would've been too easy of an answer. I'll keep on searching then. Have a merry christimas Malia!
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