City Lights (1931)

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A homeless tramp befriends a lovely blind flower seller and convinces her he is a millionaire while he secretly labors to pay for the restoration of her sight. One of Charlie Chaplin's masterpieces, this hilarious and heart-rending film was made and released as a silent with music track in the post-talkie era.
Rating:
G
Genre:
Classics , Comedy , Drama , Romance
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Studio:
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

Cast

Charles Chaplin
as Little Tramp
Virginia Cherrill
as Blind Girl
Harry Myers
as Millionaire
Florence Lee
as Grandmother
Allan Garcia
as Butler
Hank Mann
as Prizefighter
Albert Austin
as Street Cleaner
Henry Bergman
as Janitor
James Donnelly
as Foreman
Jean Harlow
as An Extra
John Rand
as Tramp
Stanhope Wheatcroft
as Man in Cafe
Jack Sutherland
as Party Guest
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Critic Reviews for City Lights

All Critics (44) | Top Critics (12)

"City Lights" is excruciatingly funny and terribly, terribly sad. It makes you chuckle hysterically. You have the greatest time imaginable, and yet, occasionally you find little hurty lumps in your throat.

Full Review… | January 29, 2016
New York Daily News
Top Critic

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November 17, 2011
Time Out
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November 16, 2011
Time Out
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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.

Full Review… | March 4, 2008
Film.com
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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.

January 4, 2008
Chicago Tribune
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Is this film still funny after 76 years? I think and hope it is.

December 18, 2007
New York Observer
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for City Lights

½

Chaplin's first sound film (but still with no voices, for he wanted it to be a universal tale) was this wonderful and funny movie of transition from the silents to the talkies, structured as a series of fantastic sketch-like scenes and with an incredibly moving, unforgettable last scene.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

½

Lovely film, the ending is a killer.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

½

Ahh, Chaplin. Your charm is unequivocally attractive. There's a flow -- a dance I would say -- to your performance. "City Lights" is an absolutely entertaining silent picture that exudes a universal charm, all cultures, ages, and generations are able to be involved with. Chaplin is a master entertainer. As the lead actor and director of "City Lights", everything, down to the slapstick comedy, or the quiet and delicate dramatic moments, "City Lights" is a blast. In an era where Slapstick comedy has worn out, "City Lights" revives it despite being one of the first of the genre. In an era where drama is delivered with heart-tugging dialogue that is bolstered with convincing emotional expressions, "City Lights" delivers simply through great acting capability. Yes, it takes a lot of coals to get "City Lights" running from the opening chapter, but at the end of the day, the "city lights" light up brightly and doesn't cease until the end. This film is an immaculate, timeless, silent movie masterpiece that is surprisingly engaging throughout.

Albert Kim
Albert Kim

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