Detroit Film Theatre


Sunday, June 14, 2009

@ 2:00 and 4:00 p.m. Detroit Film Theatre

  • Family Friendly
  • Fees Apply
  • Film

(USA/1931 – directed by Charles Chaplin)  

A tramp (Charlie Chaplin) encounters a lovely, blind flower-seller (Virginia Cherrill) on the streets of the city. She’s under the mistaken impression that he’s wealthy, and so he vows to not only keep his financial straits a secret, but to somehow find enough money to pay for the operation that might restore her sight. Chaplin’s sublime City Lights is one of the true masterpieces, and truly great experiences, in all cinema. As hilarious as it is touching, Chaplin’s never-dated comic genius is at its height in several legendary sequences; in fact, the film’s final scene was described by critic James Agee as “the highest moment in movies.” (87 min.)

“Truly magical… comes closest to representing all the different notes of Chaplin’s genius.”           -Roger Ebert, The Great Movies

Note: all seats for this film are just fifty cents!

Learn more about City Lights with DIA Curator, Elliot Wilhelm.


Read Roger Ebert's review