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Les lumières de la ville (1931)

City Lights (original title)
Tous publics | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 7 April 1931 (France)
With the aid of a wealthy erratic tippler, a dewy-eyed tramp who has fallen in love with a sightless flower girl accumulates money to be able to help her medically.

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A tramp falls in love with a beautiful blind girl. Her family is in financial trouble. The tramp's on-and-off friendship with a wealthy man allows him to be the girl's benefactor and suitor. Written by John J. Magee <[email protected]>

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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$1,500,000 (estimated)

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$19,181, 6 July 2007
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Trivia

Virginia Cherrill was cast on a whim when Charles Chaplin spotted her at a boxing match. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 5 mins) In the boxing match when the Tramp propels himself off the ropes (twice) at his opponent. You can clearly see the wire on the back of his trunks. See more »

Quotes

The Tramp: Tomorrow the birds will sing.
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Connections

Referenced in Z Channel, une magnifique obsession (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Tomorrow the Sun Will Shine
(1931) (uncredited)
Music by Charles Chaplin
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Amusing comedy sets up SPECTACULAR ending

This is my favorite Chaplin film, but I don't want that to diminish his other work, either. MODERN TIMES was an outstanding work of social satire, THE GOLD RUSH was great slapstick, and even the largely-neglected MONSIEUR VERDOUX strikes a certain unforgettable tone. Chaplin didn't make a bad movie, and I'm not even sure that CL is his best, exactly. But it IS my favorite, if only for the ending.

That ending has been the subject of much comment here. I think it's a masterpiece in a single scene. Chaplin's little tramp has never seemed less like a character and more like a living, breathing human being. It's a monument to understated sentimentality.

To me, the rest of the film exists largely to set the context for that one magnificent piece of celluloid. Yes, the boxing scene is great, and the scene where he rescues the millionaire is also wonderful, but it's that ending that makes us all love this movie.


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