Next up our AFI movie watch marathon is the 1931 film City Lights, written, directed and starring Charlie Chaplin. I had never seen one of his films all the way through, so I was interested to see how it held up to more modern films. The movie is a silent film, although there is a musical score and several sound effects.
The movie is a romantic comedy, where Chaplin is a tramp who falls in love with a blind flower seller. Chaplin also develops a friendship with an eccentric millionaire who only remembers him when he is drunk. There are several laughable moments of physical comedy and the movie moves along at a quick pace.
Overall, I am glad we watched this in order to see Chaplin’s comedy style.
We recently watched Weiner, the documentary of Anthony Weiner’s 2013 New York mayoral election. Obviously the story quickly turned to his personal life instead, focusing on his photo scandals. It was kind of like a car crash; you know you probably shouldn’t look, but you can’t help yourself.
The figure that is heartbreaking through all this is Weiner’s wife, Huma Abedin, a top aide to Hillary Clinton. It is clear she despises her husband and does not want to participate in either his campaign or the documentary. It’s incredibly sad because Weiner seems to have passion for his beliefs and desire to serve people while in public office, he can’t seem to move beyond his compulsions.
Toward the end of the film, one of Weiner’s former sexting partners shows up at his election night in an attempt to confront him. While there is no on-screen confrontation, the cameras follow her chasing him through a restaurant and it all seems really sensational and tawdry, much like Weiner himself.