“City Lights” is heralded for its deft lacing of humor with pathos, sharp social commentary with sentimentality in this tale of social class and mistaken identity. Chaplin’s Tramp loves a blind Flower Girl (Virginia Cherrill) who in turn mistakes him for the hard-drinking millionaire who is the Tramp’s patron. The Tramp inserts himself into every manner of outrageous situation as he first woos his would-be amore and then looks for money to cure her blindness, ultimately landing in jail for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Will he ever be united with the object of his affection?
Directed by Charlie Chaplin, 1931, 87 mins., not rated, silent with English intertitles. With musical accompaniment of an original score by pianist Daniel Lloyd.
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