College Writing I
17 November 2009
Charlie Chaplin’s movie City Lights was a very interesting movie that I enjoyed even though it was made so many years ago. It obviously was not as exciting as some movies today but it was still able to keep my attention. A lot of things he did in the movie were pretty funny. When he got his pants stuck on the cities new statue, when he was boxing and hid behind the referee, and when the blind girl threw water on him were all scenes that made me laugh. They made me laugh because of the sound effects and repetition.
The movie used sounds and repetition to help make it funny. When someone would fall or something would happen you would have a high whistle or something similar. This helped since you could not hear anyone’s voices. He used repetition when he and the suicidal man kept falling into the lake. This was funny because they would do the same thing over and over and accidentally fall into the water. Also when Charlie is in a boxing match and keeps the referee in between the two to prevent his opponent from hitting him. This is funny because it’s an unusual way to box and he does it over and over. He knows that he is weak and because of his unique strategy almost wins the fight. Even though there was no talking in this movie it was still easy to follow. Every scene you knew what was going on. Sometimes there would be subtitles to help understand what a person was talking about. During each scene it was apparent what was going on and I never felt as though I was having a hard time following the film. I would definitely watch this film again.