Rent City Lights (1931)

4.1 of 5 from 138 ratings
1h 28min
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‘City Lights’ begins with an uproarious skewering of pomp and formality, ends with one of the most famous last shots in movie history and, from start to finish, so completely touches the heart and tickles the funny bone that in 1998 it was named one of the American Film Institute’s Top-100 American Films. Talkies were well entrenched when Charles Chaplin swam against the filmmaking tide with this forever classic that’s silent except for music and sound effects. The story, involving the Tramp’s attempts to get money for an operation that will restore sight to a blind flower girl, provides a star with an ideal framework for sentiment and laughs.
The tramp is variously a street sweeper, a boxer, a rich 0poseur, and a rescuer of a suicidal millionaire. His message is unspoken, but universally understood: love is blind.
, , , , , , Jack Alexander, T.S. Alexander, Victor Alexander, , Harry Ayers, , , , , Jeanne Carpenter, Marie Cooper, Tom Dempsey, Peter Diego,
Charles Chaplin
Classics, Comedy, Drama, Romance
Release Date:
Run Time:
88 minutes
English, Silent
Czech, Danish, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, None, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
B & W
  • Introduction by David Robinson
  • Chaplin Today: City Lights (documentary by Serge Bromberg)
  • Out-take (the stick in the grill sequence)
  • The Champion (1915) - boxing match scene
  • Behind the scenes, filming the flower girl sequence by Ralph Barton
  • Georgia Hale screen test
  • The Dream Prince (discarded idea)
  • Rehearsal
  • Chaplin and the boxing stars
  • Winston Churchill visits the studio
  • Chaplin speaks for the first time on film (1931 footage)
  • Trip with Sydney to Bali (1932)
  • Photo gallery
  • Film posters
  • Trailers
  • Interactive menu
  • Scene access
Disc 1:
This disc includes the main feature
Disc 2:
This disc includes the following episodes:
- Introduction by David Robinson
- Chaplin Today: City Lights (documentary by Serge Bromberg)
- Out-take (the Stick in the Grill Sequence)
- The Champion (1915) - Boxing Match Scene
- Behind the Scenes, Filming the Flower Girl Sequence by Ralph Barton
- Georgia Hale Screen Test
- The Dream Prince (discarded Idea)
- Rehearsal
- Chaplin and the Boxing Stars
- Winston Churchill Visits the Studio
- Chaplin Speaks for the First Time On Film (1931 Footage)
- Trip With Sydney to Bali (1932)
- Photo Gallery
- Film Posters
- Trailers
Release Date:
Run Time:
93 minutes
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
B & W
  • Introduction by David Robinson
  • Chaplin today: City lights documentary
  • Outtakes
  • Footage of Winston Churchill's visit to the set
  • Photo gallery

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Still a Charmer - City Lights review by SB

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I saw a few Chaplin shorts accompanied by an orchestra outdoors at Canary Wharf last summer. What surprised me most was how many big laughs it got, and if you want to revisit his work, I'd say the best way to fully experience it is with an audience. At home, on DVD however, this still charms. A simple story with a lot of heart, you can see how the little tramp from Clapham managed to charm the whole world. And make them laugh.

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