Charlie Chaplin makes an eloquent (and silent) defense of the art of pantomime in this sensitive dramedy with a deceptively simple story. He is a tramp who loves a blind flower girl and he will do anything to help her get her sight back. A ballet of slapstick blends with gentle melancholy.
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Very simple scene, very complicated to explain. Chaplin gets the money to restore the girl’s sight but has to go to prison as a result. When he is released, he meets the girl, her sight restored, and she finally learns her benefactor’s true identity, a mere tramp. Whether this scene is joyous, tragic or something in between, well, that’s up to the viewer.
If it were a dessert it would be:
Spun sugar. Deceptively simple, created with great skill, delicate and light.
Availability: Released as a DVD/ Blu-ray combo by the Criterion Collection.