Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Low Lights in The City

The silent film "City Lights" is a heart warming and dangerously funny movie that I had the great pleasure to watch on YouTube. Charlie Chaplin plays a down on his luck but not in his spirits Tramp that crosses paths with a gorgeous flower vendor who happens to be blind. Through a hilarious series of events, she thinks he is fairly wealthy (well enough to have a car, because she hears the door slam). Charlie leaves the woman and encounters a rich man who, every time he gets intoxicated, thinks he is his best friend. The rich man get Charlie fairly inebriated and the head out for a night of pasta and performances. Many hilarious site gags are preformed (including a scene were everyone throws streamers in the air and one lands on Chaplin's spaghetti. Had me in stitches!). The next morning they are still a little buzzed and they decide to go for a ride (fine idea, drunk driving) which consequently leads to Charlie inheriting the car. He uses it to impress the blind girl, along with buying all of her flowers, and later he is able to spend time with her.

This is were I saw the true good-hearted nature of Charlie. He offers to pay the woman's rent and for a corrective surgery that could let her see again. Charlie is then faced with the problem of financing his promise to his love. After showing up late "FOR THE LAST TIME!" to his stable job (no pun intended), he is offered a boxing match by a slightly shady character from the back of a building.

The boxing match is in my opinion the zaniest part of the movie. Just the build up before the fight is classic. First he witnesses a huge black guy sparring with an imaginary boxer and after he is defeated in the ring, Charlie is put on edge. To top it all off, the guy he was pitted to fight gets in an argument with the victor of the previous fight and knocks the wind out of him with one punch. Charlie of course greets everyone kindly and even puts his gloves on backwards, classic! After a short lived but funny attempt at fighting the boxer, Charlie is defeated and left penny less.

While wondering the streets sad and hopelessly, he runs into the rich man with amnesia from before and thank goodness he's belligerently drunk. He takes the Tramp and and gives him a stack of money. With $1,000 dollars at hand, the Tramp avoid being wrongfully accused of stealing and gives the money to the blind beauty. Time passes and Chaplin meets the no-longer blind girl right after being ridiculed and messed with. She doesn't recognize him until she grabs his hand to place a flower in it. The movie ends with a long-anticipated realization and on a very happy note. I thought the whole movie was sweet and silly. Charlie Chaplin will forever be immortalized in this movie.

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