In 1931 the ‘talkies’ were on the rise, but Charlie Chaplin
made City Lights a silent film.
Despite the lack of spoken dialogue, it was immediately popular. Chaplin plays
the Little Tramp, who goes through a series of misadventures in an attempt to
help out a little flower girl who is blind. There is an operation that could
restore her sight, but he doesn’t have the money. Ill-fated jobs, ridiculous
boxing matches, and run-ins with burglars ensue, but eventually he gets the
money and delivers it to the little girl. She has the operation and her sight
is restored, but she has no idea who her benefactor was.
The ending of the movie, when the Little Tramp and the flower girl connect, and she realizes that it was really him who helped her, is one of the most heart-warming moments in film history.
~ Evan Derrick
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