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Ageless Classic from Maestro of Cinema
on February 19, 2016
Criterion Films are expensive and hence one of the criteria I use for purchase is Re-watchability. And, all of the Charlie Chaplin films are among them and you can watch them again and again.
Criterion's Blu-ray/DVD combo release of this ageless classic is excellent in image/audio quality. The film, scanned at 4K has never looked better. As always Criterion release has good extra features and an amazing artwork on package. A booklet is an extra bonus.
“City Lights” was ranked #1 on the American Film Institute's list of the 10 greatest films in the genre "Romantic Comedy" and one of highly rated film by Charlie Chaplin. This is also among my top two favorite films by Charlie Chaplin along with “Modern Times”. “City Lights” is touching, romantic, beautiful, hilarious and brilliant film by Maestro and a must have in movie collection. Story line is wonderful and engaging.
The story centers around The Tramp ( Charlie Chaplin) a funny but very sympathetic and noble homeless man, a drunken business whom Tramp saves from suicide and becomes Charlie's on and off friend and Blind Flower Girl (Virginia Cheryl). Charlie falls in love with Blind Flower Girl and she mistaken Charlie for a millionaire. The emotional centerpiece comes when it turns out that Blind flower girl is in disparate need for money to pay for rent or face eviction. Charlie tries various job to earn money for her and finally it leads to amazing funny boxing match. Charlie gives $1000 from his drunken businessmen friend to blind girl, but faces arrest in allegation of robbing same businessman when he gets sober.
The climax is the truly best ever and iconic ending Charlie has ever done and should not be missed.
Charlie Chaplin is undisputed master of cinema. Thanks Criterion for bringing this to Hi-def life (and others: Modern Times, The Kid, Gold Rush, The Great Dictator) and Salute to Maestro Charlie Chaplin !