Charlie Chaplins’ first ‘sound’ film (though without dialogue – score and sound FX only).
City Lights is stronger than previous work 'The Circus'; sentimentality in Charlie’s relationship with the blind flower-girl is countered by the slapstick of the boozy millionaire who hails Chaplin as his bosom pal while sloshed, but doesn’t know him when sober.
The ending is one of cinema’s all-time great scenes of pathos.
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