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What a sweet movie! I really liked it! Very funny in some parts, and I loved the romantic aspects. When "The End" appeared, I was a little disappointed-only because I wanted to see more!
Wow, 1931! Timeless humour. Loved the drunken fine dining scene with the cigar mishap. LOL
In the notes accompanying City Lights, Chaplin is quoted as saying a story, "either finishes happily or tragically. If you're going to leave it unsaid, it isn't perfectly written. Leaving it up in the air is to have no curtain to a story." I find the ending to this film to be very ambiguous, and people seem to have very different views on what happens between the Tramp and the girl. Is it happy or tragic--I don't know! It's a good film, but I found some of the gags were needlessly repetitive. This isn't my favourite Chaplin film, I prefer Modern Times of The Kid, but it's still worth watching.
This man is an absolute genius. I still have so many of his films to see. Modern Times had been my favorite, but this one is right there with it. Typical tragically sad ending notwithstanding, it had me laughing out load, especially the looks shared between Chaplin's character and his on again off again imbibing friend.
If you don't cry at the end you have no heart. And the boxing match still makes me laugh hard. If you wanted to make a silent film comedy you had to be an amazing athlete--Chaplin, Keaton and Lloyd did things no one would dream of doing today.(except, of course, for Jackie Chan)
Not the best work from Chaplin in my view, as the plot is not very believable. However, if you are a fan than it is still a must. The boxing scene was real funny.
I didn't like silent films till recently. With the Criterion Collection's commentary, I got a lot out of this classic film and loved this timeless tale by Chaplin. He was a master.
Possibly the most poignant of all Chaplin films. Interesting to see him work the comedy around deep feeling, but, oddly, without making it a lightweight romantic comedy.
Pure, unadulterated fun: the first time I saw this film, I caught it on TV at the beginning and just couldn't stop watching! Chaplin is simply phenomenal. ~WeAreSpartacus/notTom