City Lights

United States / 1931 / 87 min

Synopsis:

Sometimes it comes through with a great deal of magic. I’ve had that once or twice. I had a close-up – the last scene of City Lights. The blind girl has recovered her sight, thanks to a benefactor she always imagined was a handsome young man. And now she touches again the hands of this little tramp – and seeing through her fingers, as it were, it comes down on her. “My God, this is the man.” I had had several takes and they were all overdone, overacted, over-felt. This time I was looking more at her, interested to see that she didn’t make any mistakes. It was a beautiful sensation of not acting, of standing outside of myself. The key was exactly right – slightly embarrassed, delighted about meeting her again – apologetic without getting emotional about it. He was watching and wondering what she was thinking and wondering without any effort. It’s one of the purest inserts – I call them inserts, close ups – that I’ve ever done. One of the purest. Charles Chaplin, extract from an interview for "Life", 1967

Director:  Charles Chaplin



Cast: Charles Chaplin, Virginia Cherill, Florence Lee, Harry Myers, Hank Mann, Eddie Baker

Producer: Charles Chaplin

Writers: Charles Chaplin

DOP: Roland Totheroh

Editor: Charles Chaplin

Music by: Charles Chaplin except “La Violetera” by José Padilla

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