|Fig 1 - City Lights Poster|
The opening sees Chaplin's affable 'tramp' character take pity on a flower-selling blind girl, (Virginia Cherrill) with whom he is instantly smitten and soon ends up involved with. Soon after, the tramp stumbles upon an 'eccentric millionaire' (Harry Myers) readying himself for suicide, whom the tramp convinces that life is worth living and thus the two become friends. However, the tramp soon realises that their friendship comes at the price of the millionaire's excessive drinking as he shrugs off their relationship once sober. Some time later, the tramp brings it upon himself to help with the blind girl's financial problems and puts himself through the w(ring)er to alleviate her situation.
|Fig 2 - City Lights - Chaplin's 'tramp'|
City Lights is a classy, smart and masterfully crafted piece of cinema which proves that the by-gone era of silent film can provide so much more than there is to offer today. With 2016's La La Land proving there is still an audience for the 'classic' approach to cinema, perhaps others will take note that there is still plenty of water there to tread. Or perhaps keep funding more Transformers sequels, either way. Tomorrow the birds will sing.
Fig. 1 City Lights Poster (1931) From: City Lights - Directed by: Charles Chaplin
Fig. 2 City Lights Screenshot (1931) From: City Lights - Directed by: Charles Chaplin