The Best Old Movies I Watched in 2015

“Old” defined as anything made and theatrically released in the U.S. before 2015.

City Lights (1931)

The workplace and career anxieties of Modern Times will always make that movie my favorite Chaplin, but the unimpeachably excellent City Lights is nothing to sneeze at either. Chaplin zips from one set to the next without sacrificing any narrative coherency (a feat some modern films have difficulty recreating). While the actual city lights themselves don't shine so bright as you might expect given the title, Chaplin explores with his alternately comic and pathetic touch the city's tendency to make possible a multiplicity of identities. “In New York you can be a new man,” indeed.

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