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City Lights

Directed by Charlie Chaplin
Produced by Charlie Chaplin (uncredited)
Written by Charlie Chaplin
Starring Charlie Chaplin,
Virginia Cherrill,
Florence Lee,
Harry Myers
Music by {{{music}}}
Cinematography {{{cinematography}}}
Editing by {{{editing}}}
Distributed by United Artists
Released January 30, 1931
Running time 87 min.
Language English
Budget $1,500,000 (est.)
Preceded by {{{preceded_by}}}
Followed by {{{followed_by}}}
IMDb profile

City Lights is a 1931 film written by, directed by and starring Charlie Chaplin. Chaplin composed the musical score which comprised the majority of the sound on the film since there is no dialogue in the picture. Image File history File links Citylights. ... Charlie Chaplin and Virginia Cherrill in City Lights (1931) Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin, Jr, KBE, (April 16, 1889 – December 25, 1977) was a British born, [actor]], the most famous actor in early to mid Hollywood cinema era, and also a notable director. ... Charlie Chaplin and Virginia Cherrill in City Lights (1931) Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin, Jr, KBE, (April 16, 1889 – December 25, 1977) was a British born, [actor]], the most famous actor in early to mid Hollywood cinema era, and also a notable director. ... Charlie Chaplin and Virginia Cherrill in City Lights (1931) Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin, Jr, KBE, (April 16, 1889 – December 25, 1977) was a British born, [actor]], the most famous actor in early to mid Hollywood cinema era, and also a notable director. ... Charlie Chaplin and Virginia Cherrill in City Lights (1931) Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin, Jr, KBE, (April 16, 1889 – December 25, 1977) was a British born, [actor]], the most famous actor in early to mid Hollywood cinema era, and also a notable director. ... The current United Artists logo. ... January 30 is the 30th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1931 (MCMXXXI) is a common year starting on Thursday. ... 1931 (MCMXXXI) is a common year starting on Thursday. ... Charlie Chaplin and Virginia Cherrill in City Lights (1931) Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin, Jr, KBE, (April 16, 1889 – December 25, 1977) was a British born, [actor]], the most famous actor in early to mid Hollywood cinema era, and also a notable director. ...


The Circus, released in 1928, was Chaplin's last film to debut before motion pictures with sound (known as "talkies" at the time) took over. Since The Circus, sound pictures quickly took over as the industry standard. It was not uncommon for silent actors to oppose the arrival of talking pictures. Had Chaplin been anybody else, he probably would have never been able to shoot City Lights as a silent film, but because of his power in Hollywood, and because he had almost complete control over his work, he was able to make this film silent (except for a few sparse sound effects, music, and some unintelligble sounds that mock speech). The Circus is a 1928 silent film which finds Charlie Chaplins Little Tramp character being chased by a policeman at a circus. ... 1928 (MCMXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... A silent film is a film which has no accompanying soundtrack. ...


Charlie Chaplin was a known perfectionist; he was famous for doing many more takes than other directors at the time. At one point he actually fired Virginia Cherrill and began re-filming with Georgia Hale, Chaplin's co-star in The Gold Rush. This proved too expensive, even for his budget, and so he later re-hired Cherrill and was able to finish City Lights. Charlie Chaplin and Virginia Cherrill in City Lights (1931) Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin, Jr, KBE, (April 16, 1889 – December 25, 1977) was a British born, [actor]], the most famous actor in early to mid Hollywood cinema era, and also a notable director. ... Georgia Hale was an actress of the silent movie era most famous for her role in Charlie Chaplins The Gold Rush (1925). ... The Gold Rush is a 1925 silent film comedy written, directed, and starring Charlie Chaplin in his Little Tramp role. ...


Plot

The plot concerns Chaplin's Tramp, broke and homeless, falling in love with a poor blind girl (Virginia Cherrill) who mistakes him as a millionaire. Since he wants to help her and doesn't want to disappoint her by his wealth, he keeps up the charade. He befriends a drunk millionaire, works small jobs like street sweeping, and enters a boxing contest, all to help her.


The ending, widely acclaimed as one of the cinema's most touching, brings the flower girl, her sight restored, to the sad reality of her kind benefactor. "You?" she says, her romantic dreams crumbling before her in the nervous tramp's appearance, his face a map of shame, pride and devotion.


This ending has been mimicked in Manhattan, Magnolia, and La Dolce Vita. Manhattan is a 1979 romantic comedy film. ... It has been suggested that Magnolia (album) be merged into this article or section. ... La Dolce Vita (1960) (translation The Good Life) is a film directed by Federico Fellini and usually cited as the film that signals the split between his earlier neo-realist films and his later symbolist period. ...


Acclaim

Charlie Chaplin and Virginia Cherrill in "CityLights" (1931).
Charlie Chaplin and Virginia Cherrill in "CityLights" (1931).

Several well-known directors have praised City Lights. Orson Welles has been quoted as saying that this is his favorite movie of all time. In 1963, the American magazine Cinema asked Stanley Kubrick what he felt were the top-ten films; he listed City Lights at number 5. In 1972, renowned Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky was asked to list his 10 favorite films and placed "City Lights" at number 5 whilst expressing his admiration for the director, "Chaplin is the only person to have gone down into cinematic history without any shadow of a doubt. The films he left behind can never grow old." In the 2003 documentary Charlie: The Life and Art of Charles Chaplin, Woody Allen said it was Chaplin's best picture. Image File history File links CharlieChaplinCitylights2. ... Image File history File links CharlieChaplinCitylights2. ... Orson Welles on the set of Citizen Kane. ... Stanley Kubrick (July 26, 1928 – March 7, 1999) was an American film director and producer who is widely considered to have been one of the most innovative and influential filmmakers of the late 20th century. ... Andrei Tarkovsky Andrei Arsenyevich Tarkovsky (Андре́й Арсе́ньевич Тарко́вский) (April 4, 1932 - December 28, 1986) was a Russian movie director, writer, and actor. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Woody Allen Woody Allen, (born Allen Stewart Königsberg on December 1, 1935), is an American film director, screenwriter, actor, stand up comic, playwright, short story writer, and musician whose large body of work and cerebral style have made him one of the most widely respected and prolific filmmakers in...


The film has been selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry. The National Film Registry is the registry of films selected by the United States National Film Preservation Board for preservation in the Library of Congress. ...



Charlie Chaplin

Feature-length films: Tillie's Punctured Romance, The Kid, A Woman of Paris, The Gold Rush, The Circus, City Lights, Modern Times, The Great Dictator, Monsieur Verdoux, Limelight, A King in New York, A Countess From Hong Kong Charlie Chaplin and Virginia Cherrill in City Lights (1931) Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin, Jr, KBE, (April 16, 1889 – December 25, 1977) was a British born, [actor]], the most famous actor in early to mid Hollywood cinema era, and also a notable director. ... Title card for the beginning of the film Cast Description of Charlie Chaplins character Description of Marie Dresslers character The moving picture Chaplin and his girlfriend see, labeled a farce comedy but shown as a morality play. ... Chaplin and Jackie Coogan in The Kid The Kid is a 1921 Charlie Chaplin film. ... A Woman of Paris is a feature-length silent film that debuted in 1923. ... The Gold Rush is a 1925 silent film comedy written, directed, and starring Charlie Chaplin in his Little Tramp role. ... The Circus is a 1928 silent film which finds Charlie Chaplins Little Tramp character being chased by a policeman at a circus. ... Cast Crew Modern Times is a 1936 film by Charlie Chaplin that has his famous Little Tramp character struggling to survive in the modern, industrialized world. ... The Great Dictator is a film directed by and starring Charlie Chaplin. ... Monsieur Verdoux is a film by Charles Chaplin having debuted in 1947. ... Limelight is a 1952 movie written, directed by and starring Charles Chaplin, co-starring Claire Bloom, with a guest appearance by Buster Keaton. ... The introduction of this article does not provide enough context for readers unfamiliar with the subject. ... A 1967 comedy starring Marlon Brando, Sophia Loren. ...

Selected short films: The New Janitor, Behind the Screen, The Immigrant The New Janitor was the 27th comedy from Keystone to feature Charlie Chaplin. ... Behind the Screen is a 1916 short film written and directed by Charlie Chaplin, who also starred along with Eric Campbell and Edna Purviance. ... The Immigrant (also called Broke) is a 1917 short comedy film starring the Charlie Chaplin Little Tramp character as an immigrant coming to the United States who is accused of theft on the voyage across the Atlantic Ocean, and befriends a young woman along the way. ...

Other: Edna Purviance, Eric Campbell, Chaplin Edna Purviance on the cover of Photoplay magazine Edna Purviance (October 21, 1895 – January 11, 1958) was an American actress during the silent movie era. ... Eric Campbell (born Alfred Eric Campbell; 1878-1917) was a silent film star, who was featured in eleven films by Charlie Chaplin. ... Chaplin is a 1992 biographical film which tells the life story of Charles Chaplin. ...


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Encyclopedia: City Lights Bookstore (1105 words)
The City Lights Bookstore, in the North Beach section of San Francisco, California, is an independent bookstore specializing in poetry and a small press publisher of fiction, essays, memoirs, translations, poetry, and books on social and political issues.
While City Lights has the typical sections for new releases, fiction, mystery, and reference, it also has sections for commodity aesthetics, stolen continents, muckraking, and class war.
Co-founded by poet/painter Lawrence Ferlinghetti, City Lights is a landmark independent bookstore and publisher that specializes in world literature, the arts, and progressive politics.
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