I only watched this movie because it was the highest rated on IMDB that I hadn't seen before. I don't generally watch really old films, particularly from the silent era. City Lights has made me rethink that tendency. Solid laughs throughout. Chaplin's comedic choreography skills are rare qualities in today's cinema. Jackie Chan comes to mind. Since I hadn't seen this movie before, but had grown up with old Bugs Bunny cartoons, it was funny to realize where they got much of their material. I was surprised by the amount of subtle humor in there as well. Like a wink from Charlie to us, his audience; a reminder that this he is taking us on a journey. And that whatever is in our head at any given point in the movie, is what he put there. This is solid storytelling from when film was truly a visual medium. I'm surprised that it hasn't been remade in modern form. That would be a good writing exercise. An impressive film from a multi-talented man. I highly recommend it.
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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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April 15, 2019