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City Lights


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  City Lights Review
Tookey's Rating
6 /10
 
Average Rating
8.85 /10
 
Starring
Charles Chaplin , Virginia Cherrill, Florence Lee
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Directed by: Charles Chaplin
Written by: Charles Chaplin

 
 
 
Released: 1931
   
Genre: DRAMA
COMEDY
   
Origin: US
   
Colour: BW
   
Length: 87
 
 


 
Tramp (Charles Chaplin) tries to gather together enough money to finance an eye operation for a blind flower-seller (Virginia Cherrill).
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Chaplin wisely insisted on making silent (or in this case, almost silent) pictures into the sound era: his little tramp could never have talked, or audiences would have seen his essential unreality. City Lights is often called Chaplin's best picture. The humorous sections, especially those where the tramp tries to extract money from a booze-sozzled millionaire, are funny; too much of the rest seems cloyingly sweet or melodramatic for modern tastes. The final scene, though, can still make audiences cry.


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