A Peak Behind-the-Scenes as Charlie Chaplin Directs City Lights
Charlie Chaplin needs no introduction, but this clip, shared by The Criterion Collection, showing the master at work on City Lights with audio commentary is a great window on the process of a multi-faceted artist who always wear many hats on his productions.
Despite City Lights being Chaplin’s fifth feature films -and after countless short films- the production lasted almost two years. Shot without sound, although sound films were becoming more and more mainstream, City Lights is also the first film where Chaplin took on writing the score, on top of co-writing the screenplay, directing and acting in it.
The audio commentary gives a context to this three minute video that proves informative and gives us a better understanding of a man who managed to create so many stories that became classics, including City Lights, considered now one of his best film. Contrary to the feeling of joyful spontaneity often conveyed in his films, Chaplin was a perfectionist -as you can see from the picture above- and didn’t settle until he was satisfied -hence the two year long production.
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