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Limelight (1952)

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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Thereza
Nigel Bruce ...
Postant
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Calvero's Partner
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Neville
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Bodalink
Andre Eglevsky ...
Dancer
Melissa Hayden ...
Dancer
Marjorie Bennett ...
Mrs. Alsop
Wheeler Dryden ...
Thereza's Doctor
Barry Bernard ...
John Redfern
Stapleton Kent ...
Claudius
Mollie Glessing ...
Maid
Leonard Mudie ...
Calvero's Doctor (as Leonard Mudi)
Loyal Underwood ...
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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dancer | ballet dancer | ballet | legs | love | See more »

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Drama | Music

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29 October 1952 (Argentina)  »

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Limelight  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Chaplin's theme from "Limelight" was a hit in the 1950s under the title "Eternally." See more »

Goofs

During the final comedy act, the pianist's chair changes between shots. See more »

Quotes

Calvero: What a day! The sun's shining, the kettle's singing, *and* we've paid the rent. There's going to be an earthquake, I know it, I know it, I know it.
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Crazy Credits

"The glamour of limelight, from which age must pass as youth enters." See more »

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Featured in The Story of Film: An Odyssey: Episode #1.2 (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Spring Is Here
(1952) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Charles Chaplin
Performed by Charles Chaplin
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A touching story about a ballerina & a clown!
25 October 1998 | by (Brussels, Belgium) – See all my reviews

Charles Chaplin is, at least for me, the best film maker of all time. And Limelight is his best film. It is one of the 10 films I have given 100/100.

The film is about this old comedian who can't find himself a job. He saves a young girl who tried to commit suicide. Well, they become friends and stuff.

Simply the film is perfect. There is nothing bad I could say about it. Well, maybe the ballet scene was too long (but maybe I just can't concentrate enough). The script, the music, the actors, the whole philosophical structure of the film! They are all perfect. And the end of the film is something so beautiful that you really have to see it.

If there is one thing you have to see, make sure it'll be Chaplin's Limelight!


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