City Lights

City Lights (1931)

Genres - Comedy, Comedy Drama, Drama, Romance, Silent Film  |   Sub-Genres - Comedy Drama, Romantic Comedy, Silent Feature, Tragicomedy  |   Release Date - Feb 1, 1931  |   Run Time - 87 min.  |   Countries - United States of America  |   MPAA Rating - G
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City Lights is a 1931 American pre-Code silent romantic comedy film written, directed by, and starring Charlie Chaplin. The story follows the misadventures of Chaplin's Tramp as he falls in love with a blind girl (Virginia Cherrill) and develops a turbulent friendship with an alcoholic millionaire (Harry Myers).

Although sound films were on the rise when Chaplin started developing the script in 1928, he decided to continue working with silent productions. Filming started in December 1928, and ended in September 1930. City Lights marked the first time Chaplin composed the film score to one of his productions, and it was written in six weeks with Arthur Johnston. The main theme, used as a leitmotif for the blind flower girl, is the song "La Violetera" ("Who’ll Buy my Violets") from Spanish composer José Padilla. Chaplin lost a lawsuit to Padilla for not crediting him.

City Lights was immediately successful upon release on January 30, 1931 with positive reviews and box office receipts of $5 million. Today, many critics consider it not only the highest accomplishment of Chaplin's career, but one of the greatest films of all time. In 1991, the Library of Congress selected City Lights for preservation in the United States National Film Registry as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant". In 2007, the American Film Institute ranked it 11th on its list of the best American films ever made. In 1949, the critic James Agee referred to the final scene in the film as the "greatest single piece of acting ever committed to celluloid".

Movie Info

Budget

$1,500,000

Box Office

$50,419

Tags

Blind Girl, Chaplin, Flower Girl, Little Tramp, Millionaire, Operation, Spiritual/Religious, Suicide Attempt, Tramp

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Ánh Sáng Đô Thị
VN
Azva almadineh
EG
Borgarljósin
IS
Byens lys
DK, NO
Charlie Chaplin - City Lights
US
City Lights
AU, BR, CA, EC, IN, ID, KR, NL, SG, GB, US
City Lights: A Comedy Romance in Pantomime
US
Didmiesčio žiburiai
LT
Kaupungin valot
FI
Les lumières de la ville
BE, CA, FR
Lichter der Großstadt
AT, DE
Lichter der Großstadt - Eine Komödien-Romance als Pantomime
DE
Luces de la ciudad
AR, MX, PE, ES
Luci della città
IT
Luminile orașului
RO
Luzes da Cidade
BR, PT
Machi no hi
JP
Nagyvárosi fények
HU
Orot Ha-Krah
IL
Roshanaeiha-ye shahr
IR
Şehir Işıkları
TR
Stadens ljus
SE
Stadslichten
BE
Suurlinna tuled
EE
Svetla velkomesta
CZ
Světla velkoměsta
CS
Svetlá Veľkomesta
SK
Svjetla velegrada
HR
Światła wielkiego miasta
PL
Ta fota tis polis
GR
Velemestne luči
SI
Τα φώτα της πόλεως
GR
Вогні великого міста
UA
Огни большого города
RU, SU
Светлините на града
BG
Светлости велеграда
RS, YU
城市之光
CN, HK, TW
街の灯
JP
시티 라이트
KR
시티라이트
KR