Charlie Chaplin‘s Depression-era silent romantic comedy City Lights (1931) is a classic in American cinema. In this short scene from the film, Chaplin’s ‘Little Tramp’ character buys a flower from a flower girl played by Virginia Cherrill. The meeting begins their connection and a case of mistaken identity when the flower girl, who is blind, mistakes him for a wealthy man. Some background on the film from Wikipedia:
Follow City Lights with the roller skating and feeding machine scenes from Chaplin’s Modern Times and the lion cage scene from The Circus. Then be sure to watch the films in their entirety.
Although sound films were on the rise when Chaplin started developing the script in 1928, he decided to continue working with silent productions… City Lights was immediately successful upon release on January 30, 1931 with positive reviews and box office receipts of $5 million. Today, many critics consider it not only the highest accomplishment of Chaplin’s career, but one of the greatest films of all time. In 1991, the Library of Congress selected City Lights for preservation in the United States National Film Registry as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”. In 2007, the American Film Institute ranked it 11th on its list of the best American films ever made.
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