over 3 years
Masterpiece; Chaplin's early take on possibilities of sound in otherwise silent film
over 5 years
Classic film that has everything. Comedy scenes, love, money problems... A masterpiece!
almost 7 years
This is an unquestionable masterpiece.
almost 7 years
Very sweet, extremely well made. Good use of title cards.
Funny & amazing
almost 8 years
Rather maudlin at times, but Chaplin's knowing humor and heart shines through.
City Lights is a 1931 American silent film and romantic comedy-drama written by, directed by, and starring Charlie Chaplin. It also has the leads Virginia Cherrill and Harry Myers. Although "talking" pictures were on the rise since 1928, City Lights was immediately popular. Today, it is thought of as one of the highest accomplishments of Chaplin's prolific career. Although classified as a comedy, City Lights has an ending widely regarded as one of the most moving in cinema history.
The officials of a city are dedicating a new statue, but when it is unveiled, Chaplin's Tramp is discovered sleeping on it. He is chased off by the crowd. Destitute and homeless he wanders the streets, getting tormented by two newsboys. He happens upon a blind Flower Girl (Virginia Cherrill), and buys a flower. Just when she is about to give him his change, a man gets into a nearby car and drives away, making her think the Tramp has driven off. The Tramp doesn't correct her and slinks away. The Flower Girl...