The opening scene begins with a cityscape. A monument of ‘peace and prosperity’ is about to be revealed. A large crowd has gathered to witness the event. For me the golden age of Hollywood starts with this movie.
The film is a silent film. We see the Mayor give a speech before the audience. Since he is muted the actor uses action in a dazzling display to convey messages and meanings.
The music features a very fast violin score that makes my heart race with excitement.
The time has come to reveal the monument. With trumpets now filling the scene with exciting music a women with the flowers grabs onto a rope and pulls away the white fabric covering the monument.
As the white fabric rises in the sky we see the lovable Tramp played by Charlie Chaplin. . He is hilariously sleeping on the monument in the arms of a statue of a women. Paintings of Isis with her son Horus, and Mary with the Christ child come to my mind
The music changes to a fun theme of the tramp. Sweet and fun. On the side of the women sculpture are two statues of men. One with his right arm raised holding a very long and hard sword.
The sweeping violins come back as the tramp wakes up. The crowd of people begin yelling at the tramp to come down. An officer is seen now front and center yelling at the tramp. As the Tramp climbs down from the mother statue his ass gets penetrated by the male sculpture’s sword. I feel both aroused and entertained by this moment! The sword entering into the base of The Tramps pants has gotten stuck and the Tramp struggles to break free. The Tramp’s innocence makes me chortle and chuckle at how absurd the scene has become.
Suddenly the music changes into a patriotic American anthem. The crowd shifts from yellowing at the tramp to saluting. The tramp freezes and decides to salute a while still having a hard sword up his backside.
The tramp inevitable gets down and the the end of the first scene is over.
There are many great moments in this movie. One of my favorite parts is when the The Tramp meets the blind girl played by Virginia Cherrill. This is the movie magic of romance that I wish I could feel forever. The blind girl is seen selling flowers off the street. She looks as beautiful and innocent as the flowers in her basket. The delicate way the blind girl is shown surrounded by beautiful flowers is sublime. It’s no wonder that The Tramp fell in love so quickly.
The moments shared between Charlie and Virginia are magical. I love how as the story unfolds it reveals both of their struggles and strengths.
The entire movie revolves around The Tramp going through the city raising money and gifts to give to the Blind Girl. Meeting a suicidal rich man The Tramps befriends him after saving the rich man's life. The calamity of how the rich live is felt as The Tramp moves through the scenes encountering the oddness of rich and poor life. Many hilarious moments happen and watching The Tramp like a fish out of water is hilarious and enduring.
Thanks to the honorable actions of the Tramp, there's enough money for the blind girl to get surgery to repair her eyes.
A moment that makes me cry is the last scene.
The Tramp meets the blind girl who is no longer selling flowers on the side of the road, but is now selling flowers in a beautiful shop. The tramp has lost contact with her for several months. The blind girl has never seen him with her new eyes. And as she slowly realizes that the The Tramp is the man who has been so kind to her my own eyes water with tears. I begin to cry as this amazing moment washes over me like magic.
I am Sergio C. Mata and I am a pop artist. This blog is about art, history, pop culture, technology, my life and my art. I blog about whatever inspires and interests me. <3
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