Free Screening of Charlie Chaplin's "City Lights"

Join us Thursday April 10 at the Main San Francisco Public Library for a free screening of Charlie Chaplin’s delightful and moving City Lights, a film widely considered to be Chaplin's best and one of the greatest films ever made.

"Tracing the Tramp's efforts to help a blind flower seller, City Lights is Chaplin's
most balanced and potent blend of humor and poetic pathos, with a strong strand of class consciousness. Episodes of pointed comedy, beginning with the Tramp unveiled in the lap of a statue at a pompous civic gathering, lead fluidly to almost unbearably poignant moments, such as when the flower girl at last
recognizes her impoverished benefactor. James Agee called this climactic scene 'the greatest piece of acting and the highest moment in movies.'"

SFPL info:

11:30 Meet at the Main San Francisco Public Library (100 Larkin St.), Lower Level, in the Library Cafe (bring your own coffee, in case the cafe is closed!).

11:50 Take our seats in the adjacent the Koret Auditorium. The film starts at 12:00.

1:30 Move across the street to Gyro King (25 Grove St.) for coffee/tea and conversation.

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  • John

    City Lights has the most intense final scene of any film I know. Though I've seen the film many times, the ending still moved me to tears. Chaplin's film also boasts amazing acting, breathtaking choreography, a sophisticated soundtrack, acute insights into class, and a masterful synthesis of theatrical and cinematic elements. What a treat!

    April 13, 2014

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