While it has spellbinding moments such as the Boxing match and the ending that always charges my body with pure emotion, I can't quite put it to the same level as Modern Times or The Great Dictator as this film's gag can get repetitive. How many time must they fall in the water or how many times must he get thrown out of the mansion. They are not quite as ingenious as in those films. To me, it's a lite masterpiece.
Rewatching Chaplin film by film. I still laugh harder at his films than any modern comedy. I.E. the scene where he's drunkenly eating pasta but accidentally begins to eat the identical looking confetti which has fallen on his plate. The entire dining sequence is hilarious. As is the boxing match. Chaplin is not just a master of physical comedy, but somehow, he became and remains an archetype for all things human.
Charlie Chaplin's last true silent film (1936's MODERN TIMES had sound, but not dialogue) is one of his greatest works. As his iconic Tramp character, Chaplin meets a blind flower girl, who mistakes him for a millionaire. Head over heels in love, he sets out to raise the money for an eye surgery that could cure her blindness. A classic romance, w/Chaplin's trademark gentle humor.
Simply sublime. The balance Chaplin strikes between comedy and a beautiful, aching pathos is nothing short of miraculous, making it impossible to determine if the tears in our eyes are from the film's tender romanticism or deep belly laughs. At the risk of hyperbole: a work of art as essential and timeless as any other.