City Lights (1931)


“Tomorrow the birds will sing. ” – Tramp

Number of Times Seen – 2 (26 Jun 2009 and 19 Mar 2018)

Brief Synopsis – A young tramp meets a blind flower girl and decides to try and find a way to pay for her surgery in order to recover her eyesight.

My Take on it – Ever since I first saw this film in its entirety nearly a decade ago, it has been one of my favorite films.

Charlie Chaplin was a cinematic genius and was able to create hilarious situations that stem from genuine one.

This film is one of Chaplin’s best because it is able to give us so many very memorable and hilarious scenes filled with classic Chaplin antics that will always remain funny no matter how many times one watches them.

The boxing scene is choreographed expertly in order to make us laugh so hard and is one of my favorite Chaplin antics ever.

Chaplin also was able to utilize the very popular new use of sound in films to add to the humor of everything that happens in the film.

The best example of that is the whistle scene which works so beautifully with the added sound.

The social commentary of this film is quit poignant especially when dealing with the wealthy vs the poor.

This is one of the best love story films because it is able to give us a heartfelt love story with the bar minimum of words.

This actually helps emphasize that the idea that actions speak louder than words.

This is filled with so many hilarious scenes that can be watched again and again and I’ll never get tired of them.

Bottom Line – One of Chaplins’s best films that has so many memorable scenes and antics in it.  The boxing scenes are hilarious to watch no matter how many times that I’ve seen the clips.  The use of sound in this film by Chaplain is done perfectly in order to achieve maximum humor from it, the whistle scene is a perfect example of this. Love the social commentary of this film on the wealthy vs the poor and the perfect way that we get a true love story with the very bare minimum of words because actions speak louder than words.  There are so many scenes that can be watched again and again and still remain hilarious.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Charles Chaplin invited Albert Einstein and his wife Elsa to join him at the Los Angeles premier on January 30, 1931. When the house lights came up, Chaplin was surprised to see Einstein’s eyes tearing at the final scene. Chaplin said in his autobiography that he had not known Einstein to be so “sentimental.” (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10)

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