City lights

City lights

DVD - 2013
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The most cherished film by Charlie Chaplin is also his ultimate Little Tramp chronicle. The writer-director-star achieved new levels of grace, in both physical comedy and dramatic poignancy, with this silent tale of a lovable vagrant falling for a young blind woman who sells flowers on the street and mistakes him for a millionaire. Though this Depression-era smash was made after the advent of sound, Chaplin remained steadfast in his love for the expressive beauty of the pre-talkie form.
Publisher: [United States] : The Criterion Collection, [2013]
Edition: Special edition
ISBN: 9781681431291
1681431297
Characteristics: video file,DVD video,rda
digital,optical,rda
1 videodisc (126 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in

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wiredonjava
Jul 17, 2017

Wow, 1931! Timeless humour. Loved the drunken fine dining scene with the cigar mishap. LOL

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1aa
Jun 12, 2017

An hilarious, delightful, and touching classic!

Veepea Jul 05, 2016

In the notes accompanying City Lights, Chaplin is quoted as saying a story, "either finishes happily or tragically. If you're going to leave it unsaid, it isn't perfectly written. Leaving it up in the air is to have no curtain to a story." I find the ending to this film to be very ambiguous, and people seem to have very different views on what happens between the Tramp and the girl. Is it happy or tragic--I don't know! It's a good film, but I found some of the gags were needlessly repetitive. This isn't my favourite Chaplin film, I prefer Modern Times of The Kid, but it's still worth watching.

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wayzak8
Apr 06, 2016

This man is an absolute genius. I still have so many of his films to see. Modern Times had been my favorite, but this one is right there with it. Typical tragically sad ending notwithstanding, it had me laughing out load, especially the looks shared between Chaplin's character and his on again off again imbibing friend.

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Patrick_35
Jan 04, 2016

If you don't cry at the end you have no heart. And the boxing match still makes me laugh hard. If you wanted to make a silent film comedy you had to be an amazing athlete--Chaplin, Keaton and Lloyd did things no one would dream of doing today.(except, of course, for Jackie Chan)

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Ron@Ottawa
Jan 17, 2015

Not the best work from Chaplin in my view, as the plot is not very believable. However, if you are a fan than it is still a must. The boxing scene was real funny.

SmKelly531 Jul 06, 2014

I didn't like silent films till recently. With the Criterion Collection's commentary, I got a lot out of this classic film and loved this timeless tale by Chaplin. He was a master.

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rslade
Jul 17, 2013

Possibly the most poignant of all Chaplin films. Interesting to see him work the comedy around deep feeling, but, oddly, without making it a lightweight romantic comedy.

DesPlainesReaders Jul 03, 2012

Pure, unadulterated fun: the first time I saw this film, I caught it on TV at the beginning and just couldn't stop watching! Chaplin is simply phenomenal. ~WeAreSpartacus/notTom

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