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City Lights - Final Scene One of the great movie endings ever! To truly appreciate this scene you should watch City Lights (1931) in its entirety. Nevertheless, here's a brief summary: Charlie Chaplin's tramp character has been mistaken for a rich man by a blind flower girl. Charlie gets into all sorts of misadventures in order to raise enough money for an operation that will restore the girl's sight. He ends up going to prison. This scene is set months later when Charlie is released from jail. Charlie is more bedraggled than usual. (Note he doesn't have his bamboo cane!) Charlie passes by an upscale flower shop and sees the girl who now has her vision. She takes pity on Charlie and gives him a coin. She then recognizes him by the mere touch of his hand and realizes the sacrifices he must have made for her. Pass the tissues!
Tags: Chaplin  City  Lights  final  scene 
Added: 28th September 2007
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Posted By: Lava1964
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2007-09-28 
By the way, the actress who played the blind girl was Virginia Cherrill. She had never acted before! Nice way to make a debut, huh?
Posted by: Naomi on 2007-09-28 
Lava, I've never watched this all the way through. You were right about two things, the ending was great, and the tissues were needed! I've got to look for this on one of the classic movie channels. Thanks.
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2007-09-28 
Apparently when this movie premiered in 1931 dozens of people were sobbing as they left the theater. I first saw City Lights at age 10. It got to me then. It still gets to me now. I guess I'm a softie at heart.
Posted by: Classico on 2007-09-29 
I believe City Lights was the last silent movie made in Hollywood. I have seen it twice and, like you folks, the ending still gets to me.
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2007-09-29 
Chaplin made one more silent film: Modern Times (in 1936). It wasn't toally silent, though. In one scene Chaplin's tramp sings a nonsense song in a cabaret. It was the only time the tramp ever spoke.
Posted by: Classico on 2008-01-17 
I did a Google search and found that several more silent movies were made into the 30s. And yes, Chaplin's ''Modern Times'' was done 5 years later.
Posted by: Shortyblackwell on 2008-07-23 
****sigh****
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2009-06-20 
One critic wrote, 'If the final scene of City Lights does not move you, your heart is made of stone.'
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2010-09-16 
Still gets to me every time...
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2011-01-10 
I won't be satisfied until this post--the greatest movie ending ever--gets 10,000 views.
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2012-07-28 
A small clip from this movie--an all-time classic--was used as part of the opening ceremony for the 2012 London Olympics. You had to watch closely, though.
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