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City Lights


Roger Davidson

City Lights
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Charlie Chaplin's classic silent comedy was made at a time when synchronized sound (or "Talkies" as they were called then) was being used by every filmaker in the world. This was Chaplin's attempt to buck the trend. The result is a film regarded by many as his masterpiece. Once again, the Little Tramp (Chaplin) finds himself in unusual circumstances. Much of the film deals with his relationships with a blind flower girl (Virginia Cherrill) and a millionaire (Harry Myers), who seems to be his friend only when they get drunk and party together.

Some truly memorable moments come out of this. My personal favorites: The boxing match, in which Chaplin attempts to psych-out his opponent, using every physical trick he has; The last scene, which is one of the most moving scenes in the history of cinema. Chaplin would make better films comic wise, but never again would he make a more dramatic impact then in this film.

My Rating = Four Stars

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