#09 “I Can See Now.”
City Lights, 1930
Why? Well. Because it’s absolute perfection, that’s why. After sacrificing his freedom for his beloved poor blind girl (Virginia Cherril), the little tramp is finally let out of prison. The money he stole for her surgery has worked and she now runs a sweet little flower shop… everyday wondering when her benefactor will finally reappear. And when he does finally reappear? Well, it’s just about the most gut wrenching moment ever captured on film.
Chaplin’s inexhaustible quest for perfection was realized fully in this one exceptionally beautiful moment.