Film 340 in the ‘1001 Films to See Before You Die’ challenge is 1931’s “City Lights”. Directed, written and staring Charlie Chaplin this romantic comedy drama sees The Tramp (Chaplin) fall in love with a blind girl (Virginia Cherrill) and develops a turbulent friendship with an alcoholic millionaire (Harry Myers). I don’t know if it’s the lack of sleep I had last night due to finding out about the Brexit vote but I found this film to be very tiring. All of the comedy was overdone and stuff you saw coming from a mile away. For example, when Chaplin finds the millionaire next to the river, the audience are pretty much saying “Bet you someone falls in that river”. And sure enough, both of them fall in. There is a few talking point. One is right at the start when the audio they use to make it sound like people are talking. For some reason, they decided to use kazoos. That quickly gave me a headache. Then we have many scenes that just went on and on. Most of them were the comedy scenes (which I didn’t laugh at any of them) and one scene in the ballroom where they just show Chaplin and the millionaire smoking cigars for about a minute. Why would anyone want to watch people smoking for a minute? If you’re gonna show someone smoking then just get a shot of them lighting up their smokes and cut to something else. Don’t just awkwardly leave the camera rolling and make everyone feel uncomfortable. Apart from those things, I can’t remember anything that I saw. And if I can’t remember anything after shortly switching the film off then something isn’t right. Overall, I managed 29 minutes before I started to fall asleep. Fun Fact – The offscreen relationship between Chaplin & Cherrill was very hostile to the point where Chaplin fired her. If you have seen this film then let me know what you thought of it in the comments. Here is what I had to say while watching 1931’s “City Lights”
Film – City Lights
Year – 1931
Director – Charlie Chaplin
Written by – Charlie Chaplin
Staring – Charlie Chaplin, Virginia Cherrill, Florence Lee
IMDb Rating – 8.6/10
My Rating – ZZZZzzzz
Length – 81 min (1h 21min)
Genre – Comedy, Drama, Romance
Thanks for telling me the genre of the film in the opening credits, film
“Blind Girl”, “Millionaire”, “Eccentric Millionaire” – Oh boy, no one has a name
We open in a city to unveil a monument
Why is everyone in this film speak through a kazoo?
Here’s our new monume….. Wait… How did Chaplin get there?
STAND UP FOR THE NATIONAL ANTHEM!!!!
This has already gone on for far too long
And as soon as I type that, we cut to Chaplin getting his cane stolen by newspaper boys
Did he just give that kid the middle finger?
Oh look, a trap door! What are the chances someone will fall down it?
Cut to a blind woman selling flowers
So…. We’ve already dropped the kazoo talking?
Cut the the evening as the blind woman returns home to her Grandma’s
Cut to the night as a drunk man decides that he wants to hang himself because his wife left him
Here’s comes Chaplin to the rescue
Whoops! Drunk man only went and threw Chaplin in the river
Ah… Rinse and repeat the same joke again… And use the exact same footage
So… Drunk man just got divorced from his wife?
Did he just pour wine down Chaplin’s pants?
Really! Two shots of wine and Chaplin’s completely drunk
That must be a really dusty chair as I can’t see anything anymore
The two then decide to visit a ballroom restaurant
Now we’re just watching two men smoke cigars – Exciting (can you tell I’m being sarcastic?)
Really? One drop of cigar ash is enough to set her dress on fire?
You’re eating a streamer!
Chaplin, stop flirting with the camera with your spaghetti slurping skills
That’s dancing?! Looked like he was throwing her around – I can see why Chaplin booted him in the chest
Also… Chaplin seems to be slipping in and out of acting drunk
Wait… They’ve been drinking all night
You are driving home drunk!!!! Well it’s a good thing there’s no cars on the street otherwise… Well…
So… Drunk Man just gave Chaplin his Rolls Royce?!?
Oh… Hey blind woman with flowers