Why We Love Classic Film… #9

#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.

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Film writer and social media marketing professional. 2019 Social Ambassador for the 10th Annual TCM Classic Film Festival. Previously: social media associate at Warner Archive and script writer for Turner Classic Movies. Working on a Montgomery Clift biography due late 2020.

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