Wednesday, July 25, 2012

The Great Films # 7: City Lights (1931)


This is probably Charlie Chaplin's best work. It's certainly my favorite. It's about a bum who falls in love with a blind flower girl. It features one of the funniest slapstick sequences yet also features one of the most moving endings ever filmed. What's also similarly remarkable is the fact that it was made when sound films were already in full swing. Apart from a gag early in the film, it's still very much a completely silent film.

5 comments:

Bersercules said...

A blind girl in a silent movie? Cool!

That gag with him falling on the statues sword is awesome!

But this copy seems to be a close up of the movie, some of the writing didn't fit in to the shot and when he sat on the statues head he was out of camera shot!

Great film!

YeamieWaffles said...

There's some delicious irony in what Bersercules pointed out, this is going to be good, I love the premise and I love slapstick so I've got very little to lose!

Mark said...

I find it pretty good that they made silent movies even when "proper" ones were in full swing. Chaplin is a great actor, so it was good that he wasn't hampered, at least too much, by movies changing.

Adam said...

I don't think I've serioulsy watched a Chaplin movie until now.

DWei said...

Interesting that you'd chose this one. Most people prefer the one where he's like Hitler.