City Lights Chaplin (1931)

  • Chaplin's last silent film. Made in spite of pressures to have talking.
  • Contains slapstick, sight gags, romance, physical comedy, and a range of emotional scenes all told in pantomime.

Chaplin's "Gentleman Tramp"

Poorer than "everyman" street urchin

Just very silly

Importance in movie-making, the rule of "Show," don't "Tell"

The importance of her misunderstanding:

  • Thickens and spearheads the plot
  • He falls in love and wishes to provide for her
  • Tries many ways, works on many humorous jobs
  • His generosity is endearing

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