10 Things About City Lights (1931)
Released on January 30, 1931, Charlie Chaplin’s silent City Lights turns 82 today. While that’s pretty old, it’s actually pretty young for a silent movie. Chaplin, worried about how his Little Tramp would translate in the world of talkies, Chaplin remained a lone holdout long after Hollywood had gone talkie crazy.
Though it was well into the talkie era, Chaplin stubbornly insisted on making City Lights a silent film. It’s success and popularity proved him right when the film was released to box office success, public affection, and critical acclaim.
Eventually time would prove Chaplin correct on another point – his Tramp was not meant for a world of jabbering fools.
Forget silent movies, Charlie Chaplin endures as one of cinema’s brightest lights and City Lights endures as one of Chaplin’s greatest films. While the film is funny and contains many common slapstick elements, City Lights is one of the most touching and moving romances in film history. I would challenge any viewer to maintain a dry eye during the final scene.
Here’s a gallery images from the film, along with 10 things about City Lights.
01 Charlie Chaplin's City Lights - 1931
The silent City Lights was released on January 30, 1931 - well into the talkie period. Only the wildly popular and adored Charlie Chaplin could have pulled this off. Chaplin himself was dismissive of the talkies, once telling a reporter that he’d "give the talkies three years, that's all."