Limelight 1952

Limelight

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Depressed over her failed dance career, Terry (Claire Bloom) attempts suicide, only to be rescued by Calvero (Charles Chaplin), an impoverished, once-famous stage clown. Calvero revives Terry's health and prospects, and in the process recovers his own self-esteem as well. When Terry proposes marriage, Calvero thinks their age difference is too great, and leaves to become a street clown so that Terry's friendship with a promising young composer (Sydney Chaplin) can instead blossom.

Cast & Crew

Buster Keaton
Calvero's Partner
Charlie Chaplin
Original Music
Karl Struss
Cinematographer
Joe Inge
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Eugène Lourié
Art Direction
Riley Thorne
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Critic Reviews for Limelight

All Critics (33) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (32) | Rotten (1)

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    October 14, 2011 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
    Miami Herald
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  • What comes through most clearly in Limelight, however, is that Chaplin had come to terms with his life.

    August 8, 2011 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Intended as a tragicomedy, if not a tearjerker, it is a two-thirds bore that comes to life in the last half-hour or so, when the old-master clown stops trying to be pathetic and reverts to his inimitable proper stuff.

    August 8, 2011 | Full Review…
    TIME Magazine
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  • Departing from most forms of Hollywood stereotype, the film has a flavor all its own in the sincere quality of the story anent the onetime great vaudemime and his rescue of a femme ballet student.

    March 26, 2009 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

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  • Neither comedy nor tragedy altogether, it is a brilliant weaving of comic and tragic strands, eloquent, tearful and beguiling with supreme virtuosity.

    March 25, 2006 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • Few cinema artists have delved into their own lives and emotions with such ruthlessness and with such moving results.

    February 9, 2006 | Full Review…

    Geoff Andrew

    Time Out
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Audience Reviews for Limelight

  • Mar 21, 2013
    A deeply heartfelt story that doesn't need too much effort to make us feel for and care about the genuine connection that grows between the two central characters. Besides, it is more than a pleasure to see Chaplin and Buster Keaton sharing the final act together.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 14, 2011
    While being Chaplin's least funny film, the tearjerker affect is an interesting take for Chaplin. Being known for changing a genre single handed and then changing your style last minute is one of the riskiest things a film maker could do. Personally, I believe that Chaplin's change in character was a brilliant transition. Almost as if he took his most famous character "The Tramp" and changed his name. He always was one of the most talented actors in the business, but he never got a moment to show it. It's a masterpiece, and could easily be called Charlie's "Citizen Kane". But it's not an easy film. Boring at times, and it has a tendency to drag on. Not the most original film either, and even as the metaphor that it is, it does not show the cleverness or uniqueness that we are used to. But this is a brilliant film. Perhaps one of the best. Chaplin knew his cinema, and he always knew the right moments to make someone laugh. Or in this case, cry.
    Bryce I Super Reviewer
  • Sep 01, 2011
    Even though I believe he ended up making a few more movies after this, 'Limelight' is clearly Charlie Chaplin's swan song. It could be called just as good as anything else he directed.
    Dillon L Super Reviewer
  • Sep 05, 2010
    An interesting late Chaplin film, the highlight of Limelight for me was the scene with Keaton, other than that I found the movie pretty boring, but if you're a fan of his you should check this movie out.
    Aj V Super Reviewer

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