City Lights (1931)
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Charles Chaplin was deep into production of his silent City Lights when Hollywood was overwhelmed by the talkie revolution. After months of anguished contemplation, Chaplin decided to finish the film as it began--in silence, save for a musical score and an occasional sound effect. Once again cast as the Little Tramp, Chaplin makes the acquaintance of a blind flower girl (Virginia Cherrill), who through a series of coincidences has gotten the impression that the shabby tramp is a millionaire. A
Jan 1, 1931 Wide
Feb 8, 2000
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
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That final scene. Last week, CNN asked -- in "The Screening Room's Top 10 Romantic Moments" -- whether this was the most touching film moment of all time. Could be. Either way, if it doesn't move you, you're beyond human reach.
With its themes of selflessness and grace, as well as its graceful intertwining of comedy and pathos, this is a fine time for a revisit.
The British comic is still the consummate pantomimist, unquestionably one of the greatest the stage or screen has ever known.
A beautiful example of Chaplin's ability to turn narrative fragments into emotional wholes. The two halves of the film are sentiment and slapstick. They are not blended but woven into a pattern as eccentric as it is sublime.
No filmmaker has ever been as successful as Chaplin in tugging at our heartstrings while simultaneously leaving us helpless in laughter, and this gem finds him operating at the peak of his abilities, even throwing his usual social critique into the mix.
There's dignity and folly to The Tramp in City Lights, and everything in between.
Chaplin's growing seriousness, his desire to be more than a mere comedian have deceived him into holding sentiment more precious than fun.
City Lights gets to the heart of the Tramp. It is a beautiful romance about loving someone for who they are and not their social or economic status - and it features one of the most tear inducing and iconic endings in Hollywood history.
This is one of those rare creatures, the work of a master craftsman in full control of his craft.
City Lights is a great gift to all of us by a filmmaker at a latter-day peak of his genius
Absolutely delightful, hilarious, heart breaking Chaplin classic.
The greatest and most touching finale of any film. Chaplin's masterpiece mixes comedy and sentiment. it makes you laugh, then brings a tear to your eye.
Audience Reviews for City Lights
- The Tramp: tomorrow the birds will sing.
- The Tramp: You can see now?
- The Blind Girl: Yes, I can see now.
- The Millionaire: Tell him I'm out!
- The Blind Girl: Flowers?
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