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City Lights

City Lights
Comedy, Drama, Romance | 1931 | G. 1hr 30min
CAST: Charles Chaplin, Virginia Cherrill, Harry Myers, Florence Lee, Allan Garcia, Hank Mann DIRECTOR: Charles Chaplin CLASSIC FILM SERIES

A homeless tramp befriends a lovely blind flower seller and convinces her he is a millionaire while he secretly labors to pay for the restoration of her sight. One of Charlie Chaplin's masterpieces, this hilarious and heart-rending film was made and released as a silent with music track in the post-talkie era.

Join us for a discussion after the 1.45 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. screening with Joanne Clarke Dillman. 

Joanne Clarke Dillman teaches a variety of film courses at the University of Washington Tacoma in the Culture, Arts & Communication Division, including Introduction to Film Studies, Silent Cinema, Feminist Perspectives, Media Genres and Film Theory and Aesthetics. Her book, Women and Death in Film, Television, and News: Dead But Not Gone, was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2014. 

"City Lights" is excruciatingly funny and terribly, terribly sad. It makes you chuckle hysterically. You have the greatest time imaginable, and yet, occasionally you find little hurty lumps in your throat.
Irene Thirer, New York Daily News
A beautiful example of Chaplin's ability to turn narrative fragments into emotional wholes. The two halves of the film are sentiment and slapstick. They are not blended but woven into a pattern as eccentric as it is sublime.
Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
The greatest and most touching finale of any film. Chaplin's masterpiece mixes comedy and sentiment. it makes you laugh, then brings a tear to your eye.
Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
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