Yesterday I caught a screening of Charlie Chaplin’s City Lights (1931) as part of a classic film fest. I hadn’t seen it before, and I’m glad I had the chance to see it on the big screen.
Here’s an updated trailer:
In 1928, when production for City Lights first began, Chaplin decided that “talkies” or films with sound were just a fad. Despite his miscalculation, and the fact that by 1931 the era of silent films had come to an end, the movie turned out to be one of Chaplin’s most popular and successful films.
It’s a sweet love story, and of course the comedy gags are brilliant so still hold up after the better part of a century.
In this film, the Tramp falls for a blind flower girl who thinks he’s wealthy. He’s befriended by a depressed millionaire who gives him a taste of his lavish lifestyle, but ends up struggling to earn enough cash to save the girl and her grandmother from eviction by taking a string of odd jobs.
Chaplin is one of my favourite celebrities. He had a dramatic and often troubled life, but his passion for life and his determination, despite any setback, is what made his work so brilliant. It’s what made the Tramp so loveable, and his stories so touching.