Thursday, 5 July 2012

The Funniest Film, Of All Time!?

The most highly rated comedy of all time is the movie CITY LIGHTS (1931) with Charlie Chaplin, the English comic actor, film director and composer best known for his work during the silent film era. As well as being on of the most rated comedies of all time, in 2007 AFI ranked City Lights as the eleventh greatest movie of all time.

'Chaplin makes the acquaintance of a blind flower girl (Virginia Cherrill), who through a series of coincidences has gotten the impression that the shabby tramp is a millionaire. A second storyline begins when the tramp rescues a genuine millionaire (Harry Myers) from committing suicide. When drunk, the millionaire expansively treats the tramp as a friend and equal; when sober, he doesn't even recognize him. The two plots come together when the tramp attempts to raise enough money for the blind girl to have an eye operation. Highlights include an extended boxing sequence pitting scrawny Chaplin against muscle-bound Hank Mann, and the poignant final scene in which the now-sighted flower girl sees her impoverished benefactor for the first time.'

Did You Know?
- Charlie Chaplin composed around 500 melodies for his own films and the last film that he ever saw was Rocky in 1976.
- Best and Most Rated Comedy Film of the 20th Century by critics is Toy Story 2.
- The comedy genre of film is considered on of the oldest genres.
- If you type 'comedy' on Google and search through images, the first image of the list is a picture of Charlie Chaplin.

Weird Facts about Charlie Chaplin
- Once he participated in the look-a-like contest of himself and lost it despite being at the height of his own popularity.
- Charlie Chaplin was born just four days before Adolf Hitler, in 1889. His exact date of birth is April 16, 1889 in Walworth, London, United Kingdom.
- There is an asteroid named after him in his honour by a Ukrainian astronomer, which is called 3623 Chaplin and resides in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.

Charlie Chaplin starred,directed,edited, written the screenplay and composed the film. The film was in production while USA had entered the sound film era in which films will have dialogue and music in all the latest movies but Chaplin decided to finish the film in silence as it was originally intended. The film became immediately popular and is one of the best accomplishments of Charlies career.

Directed by Charlie Chaplin
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Sub-Genres: Romantic Drama, Urban Comedy, Melodra
Countries: USA
Release Date : January 30, 1931
Running Time: 86 minutes

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