10 Things About City Lights (1931)

Posted by Brandy Dean January 30, 2013 5 Comments 9454 views

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.

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  1. - January 30, 2013
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    City Lights is immortal. I think it’s the only film that will have you laughing hysterically throughout most of its running time, then leave you in tears in its last 10 minutes. No matter how many times I see it, its magic always works for me.

    • Pretty Clever Film Gal
      - January 30, 2013
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      Agreed, absolutely. Very well and beautifully said!

  2. - March 28, 2013
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    I love this tribute! Back before the days of the interwebs, I had to kill people to find out the name of La Violetera. Here’s a piece of trivia. As a tribute to City Lights, Scent of a Woman’s director Martin Brest used La Violetera as a recurring theme for Pacino’s blind protagonist.

    • Brandy Dean
      - March 28, 2013
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      What do you mean before the interwebs? There was a before-time?

  3. - May 14, 2013
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    Brilliant, just brilliant. Some great nuggets there from posssibly my favourite film of all time. The little bits of juicy info helped to bring the film back to life after 80+ years. I’m in need of a rewatch!

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