Limelight (1952)

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London, 1914. Calvero (Charles Chaplin), a once-great music hall comedian, weaves drunkenly home to his shabby flat. As he arrives home, he is suddenly sobered by a bad smell. It isn't his shoes, as he originally assumes, but the smell of gas, emanating from behind a locked door. Calvero smashes his way in, finding the unconscious Terry (Claire Bloom). Carrying the girl to his attic apartment, Calvero revives Terry, then asks why she is so determined to kill herself. The girl explains that she … More

Rating: G
Genre: Drama, Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Charles Chaplin
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 28, 2011
Runtime:
Criterion Collection

Cast


as Terry, a Ballet Danc...

as Postant, an Impressa...

as Piano Accompanist

as Harlequin

as Stage Manager

as Mrs. Alsop, Landlady

as Street Urchin

as Street Urchin

as Street Musician

as Street Urchin

as Street Musician

as Child in opening sce...

as Stage Hand

as Street musician

as Columbine
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Critic Reviews for Limelight

All Critics (33) | Top Critics (9)

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
Top Critic

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
Top Critic

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 26, 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 25, 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 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Charles Chaplin's 1952 film is overlong, visually flat, episodically constructed, and a masterpiece.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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.

blacksheepboy
Carlos Magalh„es

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...

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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.

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Aj V

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