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City Lights (30-Jan-1931)

Director: Charlie Chaplin

Writer: Charlie Chaplin

Keywords: Comedy, Drama, Romance

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Charlie Chaplin
16-Apr-1889 25-Dec-1977 Silent film comedian
Harry Myers
5-Sep-1882 25-Dec-1938 City Lights


Virginia Cherrill   ...   A Blind Girl
Florence Lee   ...   Her Grandmother
Harry Myers   ...   An Eccentric Millionaire
Allan Garcia   ...   His Butler
Hank Mann   ...   A Prizefighter
Charlie Chaplin   ...   A Tramp


Review by Ed (posted on 28-Aug-2005)

In the film City Lights, Charlie Chaplin is just perfect! Chaplin spent four years on the making of this film, and it is all worth it. The film starts with Chaplin's most famous entrance. The Tramp sleeping under a shroud covering a statue that is being dedicated to the city. Chaplin then meets the beautiful blind flower girl (Virginia Cherrill). The girl thinks the tramp is a rich man, but she thinks the sound of a car door slamming is him getting into his limo. He falls in love with her. Chaplin then meet's an insane millionaire (Harry Myers) who has a drinking problem. When he is drunk, he enjoys the tramp's company. When sober, he wants nothing to do with him. The tramp finds out that the girl and her grandmother (Florence Lee) are going to lose there home. He tries very hard to get money. He gets a job as someone who "picks up" after animals in the street. He also finds out that doctors have found a cure for blindness. He is fired from his job, so he becomes a prizefighter and faces the tough(Hank Mann) who eventually beats him. The tramp finally meets up with the millionaire who gives him all the money he needs. The tramp is then accused of stealing the money when the millionaire become sober again. He gets away and gives the girl the money. The final seen is the greatest in any Chaplin film, and the greatest ending in all film history! City Lights will make you laugh, feel happy, and cry. This is a great example of how Chaplin is a great director. City Lights is a great film that will never be forgotten!

Review by Eddie Peterson (posted on 28-Sep-2005)

If you love classic movies, or just love movies then you will love this 1931 gem made by the legendary Charlie Chaplin. The film is one of Chaplin's best works, and is number 76 on the American Film Institute's 100 greatest films list.

The film opening is Chaplin's greatest entry. The tramp is found sleeping on a new statue that is being dedicated to the city. He then meets the beautiful flower girl (Virginia Cherrill) who he falls in love with. He finds out that she is blind and has stronger feelings for her. She thinks he is a rich man because she hears a car door slam next to him. The tramp then runs into a suicidal millionaire (Harry Myers). When the rich man is drunk, he is a good friend of the tramp. When he is sober, he wants noting to do with the tramp. The tramp finally finds out that the girl and her grandmother (Florence Lee) are going to lose their house. He also knows that there is a cure for blindness. He cannot get the money from the millionaire because he is sober. He decides to get a job as a man who “picks up” after animals in the street. He loses his job, but he gets a chance to become a boxer for a lot of money. The prizefighter (Hank Mann) beats the tramp. Without the money he finds the millionaire (who is drunk) who gives him one thousand dollars. The tramp is then accused of taking the money and runs away. He gives the money to the girl, and he goes to jail.

The final scene is Chaplin’s best. It is also one of the best in film history. City Lights is without a doubt one of the best movies of all time. I give it four stars out of four.

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