City Lights (1931)

CHARLES CHAPLIN

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1931.  Screenplay by Charles Chaplin.  Cinematography by , .  Produced by Charles Chaplin.  Music by Charles Chaplin.  Production Design by .  Film Editing by Charles Chaplin, .

Among the very best of all of Chaplin’s feature films, this one is definitely a masterpiece by any meaning of the word. Chaplin navigates life in the nasty metropolis as the Little Tramp, making friends with a drunk millionaire who keeps forgetting him every time he sobers up, and finding romance with a blind flower seller who thinks Chaplin is a rich man and grows to love him for his kindness to her. The blend of rich comedy and unsentimental pathos that marked all of Chaplin’s best work is notable here, plus the clever use of silent film three years after sound had become the industry standard. It’s unforgettable, and incredibly funny.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s