A fading comedian and a suicidally despondent ballet dancer must look to each other to find meaning and hope in their lives.

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Cast

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Thereza
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Postant
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Calvero's Partner
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Bodalink
Andre Eglevsky ...
Dancer
Melissa Hayden ...
Dancer
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Mrs. Alsop
Wheeler Dryden ...
Thereza's Doctor
Barry Bernard ...
John Redfern
Stapleton Kent ...
Claudius
Molly Glessing ...
Maid (as Mollie Glessing)
Leonard Mudie ...
Calvero's Doctor (as Leonard Mudi)
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Street Musician
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Storyline

Chaplin's final American film tells the story of a fading music hall comedian's effort to help a despondent ballet dancer learn both to walk and feel confident about life again. The highlight of the film is the classic duet with Chaplin's only real artistic film comedy rival, Buster Keaton. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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29 October 1952 (Argentina)  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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Goofs

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Quotes

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Crazy Credits

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Soundtracks

Eternally (Terry's Theme)
(1952) (uncredited)
Music by Charles Chaplin
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A fantastic movie about an old and washed-up clown who meets a young and troubled ballerina.
14 January 1999 | by (Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

This was the first and only Chaplin film I have ever seen -- and it wasn't at all what I was expecting.

I was completely surprised that such a simple film could have so many layers of depth. In fact it kept me thinking days afterwards!

At it's core, I would say this movie is about the love of one's art, and the love that a couple share.

The Ballerina loves to perform but is impeded by a psychosis that makes her legs inoperable. I interpret success to be the root of the psychosis.

The Clown loves to perform but is impeded by his fear of becoming a B or C-list star. He is a legendary comedian and now that he's no longer in demand, he's convinced himself that he has to drink to be funny.

There you have it; a clown afraid of failure and a ballerina afraid of success. Together they help each other love their art more by removing those things that impede them.

The best thing about the film is that the obviousness of the plot is completely lost in the depth of the film. Chaplin uses such simple and common devices to draw the audience into his world. I know it's hard to belive, but this is a "must-see" movie!


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