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City Lights [Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray] [1931]

  • SKU: 30237192
  • Release Date: 03/22/2016
  • Rating: G

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    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (4 out of 4)

    Special Features

    • Archival footage from the production of City Lights, including film from the set, with Audio Commentary by Chaplin historian Hooman Mehran: a costume test: a rehearsal; and a complete scene not used in the film
    • Awards
    • Chaplin Studios: Creative Freedom by Design, a new interview program featuring visual effects expert Craig Barron
    • Chaplin Today: "City Lights", a 2003 documentary on the film, featuring Aardman Animations cofounder Peter Lord
    • Exerpt from Chaplin's short film The Champion (1915), along with footage of the Director with boxing stars at Chaplin Studios in 1918
    • New Audio Commentary by Charlie Chaplin biographer Jeffrey Vance
    • New digital restoration from a 4k film transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
    • Plus: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Gary Giddins and a 1966 interview with Chaplin
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    City Lights
    Charles Chaplin was deep into production of his silent City Lights when Hollywood was overwhelmed by the talkie revolution. After months of anguished contemplation, Chaplin decided to finish the film as it began--in silence, save for a musical score and an occasional sound effect. Once again cast as the Little Tramp, Chaplin makes the acquaintance of a blind flower girl (Virginia Cherrill), who through a series of coincidences has gotten the impression that the shabby tramp is a millionaire. A second storyline begins when the tramp rescues a genuine millionaire (Harry Myers) from committing suicide. When drunk, the millionaire expansively treats the tramp as a friend and equal; when sober, he doesn't even recognize him. The two plots come together when the tramp attempts to raise enough money for the blind girl to have an eye operation. Highlights include an extended boxing sequence pitting scrawny Chaplin against muscle-bound Hank Mann, and the poignant final scene in which the now-sighted flower girl sees her impoverished benefactor for the first time. Chaplin's decision to release the silent City Lights three years into the talkie era was partially vindicated when more than one critic singled out this "comedy in pantomime" as the best picture of 1931. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Charles Chaplin
      Charles Chaplin - The Tramp
    • Virginia Cherrill
      Virginia Cherrill - The Blind Girl
    • Harry Myers
      Harry Myers - The Millionaire
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      Allan Garcia - The Millionaire's Butler
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      Hank Mann - The Boxer

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Chaplin's Greatest Masterpiece


      The Little Fellow falls in love with a blind flower girl. That's the simple plot that Charlie Chaplin adheared to upon his final fully realized, fully silent movie. The subplot with the millionaire and the Little Fellow's willingness to do whatever it takes for the flower girl are sure to win over any audience. Recently, this film was moved up the charts on AFI's Top 100 Movies of All Time. The ending of this film, after the trials and tribulations endured by the Little Fellow bring a tear to your eye and tug at your heart strings. Chaplin proved that despite Hollywood's entrance into the world of sound, he could still make the world of silence into a masterpiece. Chaplin's greatest film!!!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Best Charlie Chaplin film

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      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      This is a classic that came before Citizen Kane. Sound was just starting in films and Charlie Chaplin decided to go with a silent movie. And what a great choice it was! Probably his most heartfelt film. I cried at the end. And that's not an easy thing to do to me!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Great Film, Not-So-Great Price

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      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      Despite being in Blu-Ray, the film leaves something to be desired as it is not in wide or full-screen. This is a spectacular film, but the quality of the HD is not worth the hefty price tag.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars


      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      Chaplin's finest, in a great Criterion release. I am very happy with this purchase.

      I would recommend this to a friend

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