Limelight

1952, Comedy/Drama, 2h 25m

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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.

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  • 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
  • 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
  • Sep 25, 2009
    Chaplin made this film not mainly to entertain people, but he created it as a personal contemplation about his career at the time, which, the same with Calvero, has seemingly lost its magic. And the ending is perfect, (not mentioning the Keaton-Chaplin sequence), a very symbolic and dramatic moment. The most poignant scene for me is the one where Calvero is wiping his make-up after a failed show, the subtle yet meaningful facial expressions shown by Chaplin summed up what his character is feeling: sad and frustrated. One of Chaplin's many displays of genius in this film.
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