Thursday, February 10, 2011

Two Line Reviews - #177

Movie: City Lights (1931)

Plot: A man stuck in poverty saves a wealthy man from a suicide attempt and changes his mind. The wealthy man befriends him and treats him highly when he is high and forgets him when he sobers down. Meanwhile, the hero also falls in love with a blind flower girl and in an attempt to help her pay her rent & get her eyes operated, he gets money from the rich guy who doesn't recognise him later and he gets arrested. When he's back, the girl gets back her eye-sight but her recognition of him and his love remain questions.

  • It's always Charlie Chaplin that draws a near 100% attention in his films and this one doesn't seem to be an exception. His antics, timing and humour are enviable.
  • The emotional subject dealt with. This film has inspired a lot of such sympathy-for-hero films.
  • The boxing match sequence is a laugh riot; absolutely enjoyable.
Where 'emotion + comedy' clicks bigtime!

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