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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 overview, first billed only:
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Thereza
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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 | love | legs | See more »

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Drama | Music

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29 October 1952 (Argentina)  »

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Candilejas  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Charles Chaplin and Buster Keaton had an interesting relationship. Long considered rivals but always having avoided commenting about each other in the press, Chaplin hired Keaton for a part in Limelight (1952). Keaton, who was flat broke at the time, went into a career decline after having been signed by MGM in 1928, as the studio would not let him improvise in any of his films nor allow him any writing or directorial input, and he was eventually reduced to writing gags - often uncredited - for other comedians' films. Chaplin, at this point, felt sorry for Keaton due to his hard luck, but Keaton recognized that, despite Charlie's better fortune and far greater wealth, Chaplin was (strangely) the more depressed of the two. In one scene in Limelight, Chaplin's character was dying. While the camera was fading away, Keaton was muttering to Chaplin without moving his lips, "That's it, good, wait, don't move, wait, good, we're through." In his autobiography Keaton called Chaplin "the greatest silent comedian of all time." See more »

Goofs

The letter Calvero receives from Redfern states that his performance at Middlesex is on Monday 5 September. In 1914, when the scene is supposed to take place, 5 September was a Saturday. See more »

Quotes

Calvero: What do you want meaning for? Life is a desire, not a meaning. Desire is the theme of all life!
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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 »

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The Death of Columbine
(1952) (uncredited)
Music by Charles Chaplin
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A story of a ballerina and a clown

Charles Chaplin plays Calvero, an aging clown who rescues a ballet dancer called Terry (Claire Bloom) from committing suicide.These two become friends and Calvero gets more meaning to his life.He desperately tries to make a come back to become the greatest clown again but it's hard to make people laugh anymore.Limelight from 1952 was Charles Chaplin's last American film.It was a flop but the film won an Academy Award for best score in 1972.That year the king of comedy got also a special Oscar for career achievement.This was Chaplin's most sentimental movie and it also was very touching.Chaplin is amazing as the aging clown.The man wasn't only a great comedian.He was also a terrific actor.It's hard to top his performance in this movie.Claire Bloom's performance as the ballet dancer is also brilliant.Chaplin's son Sydney plays Neville in the movie.There are also Chaplin's children Victoria, Michael, Josephine, Geraldine and Charles Chaplin Jr. in this film.This is truly a masterpiece.This proves that Chaplin didn't shine only in silent movies.He did that also in talkies.And this is one of his best talkies. The dialogue is just delicious in this comedic drama.In the end you can see another great comedian from the silent era;Buster Keaton.You can see Chaplin and Keaton clowning together in the end.And that is one great scene.A scene to remember.The message of Limelight is how wonderful life is.Enjoy it while you still can.


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