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City Lights (1931)
USA / English
The Tramp struggles to help a blind flower girl he has fallen in love with.
Virginia Cherrill A Blind Girl
Florence Lee The Blind Girl's Grandmother
Harry Myers An Eccentric Millionaire
Al Ernest Garcia The Eccentric Millionaire's Butler (as Allan Garcia)
Hank Mann A Prizefighter
Charles Chaplin A Tramp (as Charlie Chaplin)
Jean Carpenter Extra in restaurant scene
Director: Charles Chaplin
Producer: Charles Chaplin
Writer: Charles Chaplin
Chaplin magic
In a year that could produce talking pictures Charlie Chaplin took a chance with 'City Lights', making it an almost silent movie without dialogue. The first great moment in the movie deals with Chaplin's decision in a very funny way; some public speakers are talking but on the soundtrack we here some strange mumbling. From here on it is one magical moment after another.

Chaplin plays his famous little tramp, who falls in love with a blind girl (Virginia Cherrill). She lives with her grand mother (Florence Lee) and tries to make a living by selling flowers. The blind girl thinks the tramp is a very wealthy man. The ironic thing is that the tramp saved a drunk millionaire (Harry Myers) who wanted to commit suicide. This millionaire is Chaplin's friend when he is drunk, more than once in the movie, and that makes the tramp like a millionaire as well. That is how the tramp can bring the blind girl home in a Rolls Royce for example. The problem is that the millionaire has no clue who the tramp is when is sobered up. The butler, who does know who the tramp is, is very willing to throw the tramp out again. The tramp finds a way to help the blind girl with her sight, but when she can see again the millionaire is out of the tramp's life and she has no idea who he is.

This magical romantic story in pantomime is wonderful in every aspect. Chaplin of course is great and his leading lady Cherrill is beautiful. 'City Lights' is basically a terrific story with great and famous scenes the entire movie. There are so many great moments that it is hard to choose one of them, but Chaplin's smile near the end is priceless. Definitely one of Chaplin's best, at least the best one with his most famous character.

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Storage device:Divx 4
Imdb rating: 8.4
Musician: Charles Chaplin
Running time: 87 min
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