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City Lights

City Lights

City Lights

1931 / 87min / 35mm

DIRECTOR: CHARLES CHAPLIN

CAST: CHARLES CHAPLIN, VIRGINIA CHERRILL, FLORENCE LEE

Telling the tale of his Little Tramp as he falls in hopelessly love with a blind flower seller, Chaplin, keeping his silence and holding out against the new sound technology, achieved the pinnacle of his art, which combined elegant pantomime, ingenious and minutely-detailed gag construction, and a soaring sentimentality, reaching towards the sublime in the film’s famous climax, one of cinema's great moments of discovery and rebirth, and as such a perfect way to ring in the New Year.