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Only Chaplin could make a silent film in 1931 in the face of the sound era and not only succeed but end up making one of the greatest films in the history of cinema. Don't miss it.
Legendary Silent Masterpiece
- frank r. lopez
To this viewer, this is Chaplin's greatest film. History plays a part because Chaplin choose to make a silent film despite sound films being the rage and this is his labor of love. Beautiful story of the 'Tramp' falling in love with a blind flower girl, who doesn't know who he really is and his efforts to do anything to help her. The closing scene to me is the greatest moment in film history. Maybe it's the romantic in me but it moves every feeling in me. If you haven't seen this masterpiece please do and be patient even if you are not a fan of silent films. Chaplin did use sound to one advantage...the musical score which he wrote. Simply one of the greatest films ever made!!!
- Michael Whitty
Charlie Chaplin was the greatest of the movie comedians mostly because most of his movies were silent films. In silent films comedy had more of a presence than in sound films and there was Chaplin, Buster keaton, Harold Lloyd who gave Hollywood more worth in the silent days. "City Lights" of 1931 was after sound came out but was thankfully silent as Chaplin would put his hilarious style of the Tramp to the screen for crazy results. In "City Lights" Charlie finds a blind flower girl to help but has to get into a boxing ring to help her with some money. Silent comedies and the movies of Chaplin always have their place because when we compare the sound comedies to them the sound takes away from the surreal side of comedy.
The masterpiece and summary of what Chaplin's films were about. Chaplin falls for a blind flower girl and has a complicated relationship with a drunken millionaire. Although it was evident that sound was here to stay, Chaplin still uses silent cinema to make use of his Tramp's body language. The story is funny, particularly in the boxing scene, and touching with one of the most emotional and eye-swelling endings ever. Although some might say "The Gold Rush," "Modern Times" or "The Great Dictator" are Chaplin's best, "City Lights" would be a close second. I give it a 5/5.
One of the all-time greats!
Charlie Chaplin's hilarious, moving and heartbreaking romantic comedy is by all means a classic. One of the most beautiful and hilarious films I've ever viewed, Chaplin does brilliant work, directing, starring and writing with not only slapstick energy, but with excellent romance and heart. Featuring some of his funniest scenes (like the hilarious Boxing scene), Chaplin also brings a beautiful heart to the film, which leaves you very moved!
- r. ray
On the essentials alec compared Charlie Chaplin's genius to jim carrey and I believe it was ben stiller. Robert Osborne gave good reasons why carrey and especially stiller are not of the caliber of Chaplin. The obvious comparison would have been Woody Allen a screenwriter, director, actor, soundtrack writer, and musician. And I thought Rose McGowan was a bad host.
This film was made for $1.5 million - a staggering amount of money for 1931! Chaplin, ever the perfectionist, insisted on take after take as he always did and the money added up quickly. You laugh and you cry throughout the film and many believe it is Chaplin's best. As in many of his films, if you can keep a tear from your eye at the end, you don't get it. Get ready for an emotional rollercoaster ride. There's comedy, there's pathos, there's compassion and there is so much soul. It's a visual feast and it warms your heart! A truly great film!
- gerry mandel
Chaplin had a lot of great films. "City Lights," in my opinion, was his best... and that says a lot. All I can say is, if you haven't seen it since its digital restoration, you owe it to yourself to check this out.
the black fighter
loved the movie, as I do all Chaplin's. However, isn't the black fighter Joe Louis? I don't see him in the credits. Pity.
City Lights (1931)
Charlie Chaplin's film is a definite masterpiece of comedy. Made silent when the sound era was emerging, this was a huge score for Chaplin. The film is about how the Little Tramp (Chaplin) tries to impress a blind girl (Virginia Cherrill). Chaplin's performance, as always, is excellent. His direction is the same. The film is hilarious, just what you would expect of the best comedy of all time. The highlight of the film is when the Little Tramp must go into a boxing match.
- Mark Sutch
My favorite Chaplin film
- Mary Melinda Kinnaird
City Lights is my favorite Chaplin film because of it's simplicity and sweetness, and it's a very well made film. I laughed and cried at this one, and who couldn't fall in love with the Little Tramp's efforts to help the woman he loves? I'm glad that, even though "talkies" were becomming more and more popular in Hollywood at this time, Chaplin chose to make this a silent film. In my opinion, the film is flawless.