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At the advice of my good friend, Cam, I've decided to take a break from the self-help stuff on occasion and just blog about things I'm interested in.
And for some reason, the thought of movie endings came to my mind. There are a lot of great movie endings out there, including "The Usual Suspects," "The Sixth Sense," "The Godfather II," and "Chinatown" to name just a few.
But all those films were endings in heavier, dramatic films. I've always preferred endings in happier movies, which explains my choice. My favorite ending comes from a romantic comedy that's nearly a 100 years, Charlie Chaplin's "City Lights." It's an incredible film because it's not only hilarious but because it's a sweet, soft romance as well. (Spoilers for the ending about to come.)
The Tramp, who had stolen money to pay for the blind girl's operation to make her see again, is released from jail. Previously he had pretended he was a millionaire to the blind girl to try and impress her. Before he is arrested, he says he will return to see her.
Months pass before he is released. The blind girl can see now and imagines her benefactor to be rich and handsome, not the lowly Tramp. The Tramp happens to walk by her flower shop, and the ending below happens.
I'm not sure how to explain why that ending always gets me. James Agee once called it, "the greatest single piece of acting ever committed to celluloid." I'm not sure I'm ready to go that far. But I just want to hug this scene when I watch it. It's just so goddamn sweet and tender and sentimental and well-acted. It always pokes a hole in my worn, cynical armor. It's a great scene and one of my favorite scenes in any movie.
Anyway, enough about "City Lights?" What are your favorite endings?