City Lights

City Lights

Charles Chaplin
 Cast: Charles Chaplin
Charles Chaplin
, Virginia Cherrill
Virginia Cherrill
, Harry Myers
Harry Myers
, Allan Garcia
Allan Garcia

Blu-ray (Black & White)

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Overview

Charles Chaplin was deep into production of his silent City Lights when Hollywood was overwhelmed by the talkie revolution. After months of anguished contemplation, Chaplin decided to finish the film as it began--in silence, save for a musical score and an occasional sound effect. Once again cast as the Little Tramp, Chaplin makes the acquaintance of a blind flower girl (Virginia Cherrill), who through a series of coincidences has gotten the impression that the shabby tramp is a millionaire. A second storyline begins when the tramp rescues a genuine millionaire (Harry Myers) from committing suicide. When drunk, the millionaire expansively treats the tramp as a friend and equal; when sober, he doesn't even recognize him. The two plots come together when the tramp attempts to raise enough money for the blind girl to have an eye operation. Highlights include an extended boxing sequence pitting scrawny Chaplin against muscle-bound Hank Mann, and the poignant final scene in which the now-sighted flower girl sees her impoverished benefactor for the first time. Chaplin's decision to release the silent City Lights three years into the talkie era was partially vindicated when more than one critic singled out this "comedy in pantomime" as the best picture of 1931.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/22/2016
UPC: 0715515172516
Original Release: 1931
Source: Criterion Collection
Region Code: A
Presentation: [B&W]
Time: 1:26:00
Sales rank: 4,269

Special Features

New digital restoration from a 4k film transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack; New Audio Commentary by Charlie Chaplin biographer Jeffrey Vance; Chaplin Today: "City Lights," a 2003 documentary on the film, featuring Aardman Animations cofounder Peter Lord; Chaplin Studios: Creative Freedom by Design, a new interview program featuring visual effects expert Craig Barron; Archival footage from the production of City Lights, including film from the set, with Audio Commentary by Chaplin historian Hooman Mehran: a costume test: a rehearsal; and a complete scene not used in the film; Exerpt from Chaplin's short film The Champion (1915), along with footage of the Director with boxing stars at Chaplin Studios in 1918; Trailers; Plus: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Gary Giddins and a 1966 interview with Chaplin; Awards

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Charles Chaplin The Tramp
Virginia Cherrill The Blind Girl
Harry Myers The Millionaire
Allan Garcia The Millionaire's Butler
Hank Mann The Boxer
Florence Lee Blind Girl's Grandmother
Albert Austin Street-cleaner
Henry Bergman Mayor,Janitor
James Donnelly Foreman
Jean Harlow Guest
John Rand Tramp
Stanhope Wheatcroft Man in Cafe
Robert Parrish Actor
Eddie Baker Actor
Jack Sutherland Party Guest

Technical Credits
Charles Chaplin Director,Score Composer,Editor,Producer,Screenwriter
Albert Austin Asst. Director,Screenwriter
Henry Bergman Asst. Director,Screenwriter
Harry Crocker Asst. Director,Screenwriter
Carl Davis Musical Direction/Supervision
Charles Hall Art Director
Alfred Newman Score Composer
Roland H. "Rollie" Totheroh Cinematographer

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