CITY LIGHTS, the most cherished film by Charlie Chaplin, is also his ultimate Little Tramp chronicle. The writer-director-star achieved new levels of grace, in both physical comedy and dramatic poignancy, with this silent tale of a lovable vagrant falling for a young blind woman who sells flowers on the street (a magical Virginia Cherrill) and mistakes him for a millionaire. Though this Depression-era smash was made after the advent of sound, Chaplin remained steadfast in his love for the expressive beauty of the pre-talkie form. The result was the epitome of his art and the crowning achievement of silent comedy.
3 day rental • G • 86 min.
"City Lights" is excruciatingly funny and terribly, terribly sad. It makes you chuckle hysterically. You have the greatest time imaginable, and yet, occasionally you find little hurty lumps in your throat.“
— New York Daily News
“This is one of those rare creatures, the work of a master craftsman in full control of his craft.”
— Slant Magazine
“A film worked out with admirable artistry.”
— New York Times
“The quintessential Chaplin film — both the most perfectly crafted and the most representative of all the different textures and tones for which he is remembered.”
— Decent Films Guide
“It's an altogether wonderful gem, and one of the five best films the silent era has to offer.”