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City Lights (1931)

With the aid of a wealthy erratic tippler, a dewy-eyed tramp who has fallen in love with a sightless flower girl accumulates money to be able to help her medically.

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James - the Millionaire's Butler (as Allan Garcia)
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A Tramp (as Charlie Chaplin)
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A tramp falls in love with a beautiful blind girl. Her family is in financial trouble. The tramp's on-and-off friendship with a wealthy man allows him to be the girl's benefactor and suitor. Written by John J. Magee <magee@helix.mgh.harvard.edu>

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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7 March 1931 (USA)  »

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City Lights: A Comedy Romance in Pantomime  »

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$1,500,000 (estimated)

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$19,181 (USA) (6 July 2007)
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Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky cited this as his favorite film. Woody Allen also calls it "Chaplin's best picture". See more »

Goofs

(at around 32 mins) When the Tramp takes the girl home, the birdcage outside the window is gone, but later reappears. See more »

Quotes

The Tramp: You can see now?
A Blind Girl: Yes, I can see now.
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Referenced in Brief Film Reviews: My DVD/Blu-Ray Collection (2010) See more »

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How Dry I Am
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Amusing comedy sets up SPECTACULAR ending
6 December 2004 | by (Whitehorse, Yukon) – See all my reviews

This is my favorite Chaplin film, but I don't want that to diminish his other work, either. MODERN TIMES was an outstanding work of social satire, THE GOLD RUSH was great slapstick, and even the largely-neglected MONSIEUR VERDOUX strikes a certain unforgettable tone. Chaplin didn't make a bad movie, and I'm not even sure that CL is his best, exactly. But it IS my favorite, if only for the ending.

That ending has been the subject of much comment here. I think it's a masterpiece in a single scene. Chaplin's little tramp has never seemed less like a character and more like a living, breathing human being. It's a monument to understated sentimentality.

To me, the rest of the film exists largely to set the context for that one magnificent piece of celluloid. Yes, the boxing scene is great, and the scene where he rescues the millionaire is also wonderful, but it's that ending that makes us all love this movie.


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