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City Lights - 2 Disc Special Edition
"There was a time when Chaplin was hailed as the greatest popular artist of the 20th century, and his films were known to everyone. Today, how many people watch them? Are they shown in schools? I think not. On TV? Not very often. Silent film, the medium that gave Chaplin his canvas, has now robbed him of his mass audience. His films will live forever, but only for those who seek them out."
"Having just viewed ``City Lights'' and ``Modern Times'' again, I am still under their spell. Chaplin's gift was truly magical. And silent films themselves create a reverie state; there is no dialogue, no obtrusive super-realism, to interrupt the flow. They stay with you. They are not just a work, but a place."
"Most of Chaplin's films are available on video. Children who
see them at a certain age don't notice they're ``silent'' but notice
only that every frame speaks clearly to them, without all those mysterious
words that clutter other films. Then children grow up, and forget this
wisdom, but the films wait patiently and are willing to teach us again."
----- Roger Ebert
Selected for the Library of Congress' National Film Registry of American Film.
DVD - 2 Disc Set
Roger Ebert's essay on this DVD Classic.
Director: Charles Chaplan
Copyright 1996, 2005, Library Media Project, Chicago,