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City Lights
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City Lights

Modern Times

Thu, May 19, 2011 7 PM
Chaplin developed sound effects and music for these not-quite-talkies, two of his most effective mixtures of comedy and pathos.

In City Lights, the Tramp enjoys the good graces of a millionaire, but only when the tycoon is drunk, and bounces around odd jobs to win the heart of a blind flower peddler. The final scene is among cinema's most memorable…and devastating. (87 mins., 35mm)

Modern Times features the last appearance of Chaplin's Tramp. In it, the Tramp finds himself caught in the gears of modern automation, both figuratively and, famously, literally! Happily, true love arrives in the form of a beautiful waif played by Paulette Goddard, a match that allows each to cope with the tough life of the working poor. (87 mins., 35mm) Modern Times begins at 8:40 PM.

Prints courtesy of Janus Films.