Chaplin wrote, directed, produced, wrote the score for, and starred as the lead character in City Lights. A virtuosic physical comic and film mastermind, Chaplin is one of the key figures of the era of silent films.
After a difficult upbringing in England, Chaplin began working as an actor and comedian, which led him to America, where he was scouted and soon began working in films. His Tramp character quickly developed a following and he soon began making his own films. By running his own company, United Artists, Chaplin secured artistic control over his own work. His films include The Kid, A Woman of Paris, The Gold Rush, The Circus, City Lights, Modern Times, The Great Dictator, Monsieur Verdoux, Limelight, A king in New York, and A Countess from Hong Kong. He received an honorary Academy Award in 1972 for his contributions to cinema.
The Blind Girl
Hollywood legend has it that Virginia Cherrill first met Charlie Chaplin at a boxing match. After he had auditioned many actresses that he deemed unsuitable for the part, Chaplin decided to cast Cherill, but the two of them had a contentious working relationship. Her other films include Girls Demand Excitement, The Brat, Fast Workers, and Delicious.
The Eccentric Millionaire
Harry Myers got his start in the theatre before moving into silent pictures both as an actor and director. He appeared in 330 films from 1908-1938, and completed 54 projects as a director from 1913-1917.
Allan Ernest Garcia
Garcia was an actor known for having a longstanding collaboration with Charlie Chaplin, appearing in The Circus, City Lights, and Modern Times, among others.
Florence Lee was a silent film actress, famous for her role in City Lights and in some of the Our Gang movies in the 1920s.
City Lights Questions and Answers
The Question and Answer section for City Lights is a great
resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.