Limelight (1952)

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In this film, Calvero saves young Terry from killing herself. Calvero asks the girl why she is so determined to kill herself. The girl explains that she has always dreamed of becoming a great dancer, but her legs are paralyzed. Calvero vows to raise enough money to help the girl.
Rating:
G
Genre:
Classics , Comedy , Drama
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Criterion Collection

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Cast

Claire Bloom
as Terry, a Ballet Dancer
Geraldine Chaplin
as Street Urchin
Buster Keaton
as Piano Accompanist
Nigel Bruce
as Postant, an Impressario
Sydney Chaplin
as Neville
Norman Lloyd
as Stage Manager
Josephine Chaplin
as Street Urchin
'Snub' Pollard
as Street Musician
Marjorie Bennett
as Mrs. Alsop, Landlady
Andre Eglevsky
as Harlequin
Melissa Hayden
as Columbine
Michael Chaplin
as Street Urchin
Harry "Snub" Pollard
as Street Musician
Maurice Marks
as Stage Hand
Victoria Chaplin
as Child in opening scene (uncredited)
Julian Ludwig
as Street musician
Melissa J. Hayden
as Columbine
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Critic Reviews for Limelight

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (7)

What comes through most clearly in Limelight, however, is that Chaplin had come to terms with his life.

Full Review… | August 8, 2011
Chicago Sun-Times
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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.

Full Review… | August 8, 2011
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.

Full Review… | March 25, 2009
Variety
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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.

Full Review… | March 24, 2006
New York Times
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Few cinema artists have delved into their own lives and emotions with such ruthlessness and with such moving results.

Full Review… | February 8, 2006
Time Out
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Charles Chaplin's 1952 film is overlong, visually flat, episodically constructed, and a masterpiece.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Reader
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Audience Reviews for Limelight

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 Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

½

Limelight is an incredibly beautiful, incredibly sad and at points incredibly funny movie. The cinematography is outstanding and the set design (namely during the Columbine sequence) was beautiful. Speaking of beautiful, Claire Bloom has never looked more lovely. Charles Chaplin's turn as Calvero is poignant and touching, almost as much as his script. Limelight is an all around great movie but the scene with Chaplin and Buster Keaton steals the show. The story starts bottoming out a little into the second hour but still a great movie. Proof that Chaplin was just as good after he started talking in his movies...

Michael Gildea
Michael Gildea

Super Reviewer

½

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
Aj V

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