1931 ***** 87 mins.
This is one of Chaplin's best films. In it, his Little Tramp falls in love with a blind flower girl who mistakes him to be wealthy. Meanwhile, the Tramp befriends a rich man who only recognizes the tramp when the rich man is drunk. Four years after the debut of talking pictures, Charles Chaplin still dared to make a silent film. He even pokes fun at talking pictures in an early scene. The marriage of sound and picture did allow Chaplin to write his own musical score to this film, and a beautiful, memorable score it is,too. The romance and laughs are genuine, and one can't help but love City Lights.
Original theatrical aspect ratio: 1.19:1
Originally not rated; since rated G.
Charlie Chaplin + Virginia Cherrill + Harry Myers
Written and Directed by
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