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Chaplin Today: City Lights (2003)



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2003 (France)  »

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Fun Look at the Qualities of City Lights
1 March 2012 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Chaplin Today: City Lights (2003)

*** (out of 4)

Serge Bromberg directs this episode in the French series. Director Peter Lord (CHICKEN RUN) talks about the film CITY LIGHTS and shares his opinions on why the film works so well. Various bits of the film are explored including the meeting of the Tramp and the blind girl, the gentleman drunk and of course the now legendary ending. Lord talks about each of these scenes and why he feels that they work so well. Obviously, as Lord points out, any director would be jealous of the amount of time Chaplin had to make his films as well as work out each scene and perfect them to what he wanted. One of the most memorable scenes deals with him looking in the store window at the "woman" and walking back not knowing that there's danger waiting there. The comic timing of this scene is marvelous but we also get to see a bit of rehearsal footage with the actor trying to work everything out. We also get to hear about some of the behind-the-scenes stuff that was going on including Chaplin firing his leading lady but then realizing it was simply too late to do so so he brought her back. We also hear about Chaplin's dislike of talkies and why CITY LIGHTS became a silent. Fans of the film will certainly enjoy this episode as it's well worth watching.

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