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City Lights (1931)

Posted by Technoheaven on January 1, 1931

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87 min – G – view video trailer

Director: Charles Chaplin
Writer: Charles Chaplin
Starring: Charles Chaplin, Viginia Cherrill, Florence Lee

Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance

IMDB 8.6 / Amazon 4.8 / Decent Films A+ / MovieGuide 4 stars

Oscars: none

Ranked #16 Greatest Movies Through 1960, a Zagat Top Movie

The Tramp struggles to help a blind flower girl he has fallen in love with.  IMDB 8.6 rating from over 46,332 users

Talkies were well entrenched when Charles Chaplin swam against the filmmaking tide with this forever classic that’s silent except for music and sound effects. The story, involving the Tramp’s attempts to get money for an operation that will restore sight to a blind flower girl, provides the star with an ideal framework for sentiment and laughs. Amazon 4.8 stars from over 114 users

City Lights is the quintessential Chaplin film — both the most perfectly crafted and satisfying of all his films, and also the most representative of all the different textures and tones for which Chaplin is remembered, from slapstick and pantomime to pathos and sentiment, farce and irreverence to melodrama and social commentary. Read full Decent Films review (rated A+, Superior artistic-entertainment for Kids & Up)

Compassion triumphs in this film where: the Bible is shown as a direct influence for a family’s faith; alcoholism is characterized as a negative; and, situational and slap-stick comedy, but no violence or sexual immorality. MovieGuide 4 stars

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