Limelight

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Released 1952

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Director:
Charles Chaplin
Released:
1952
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Limelight is a 1952 movie starring Charlie Chaplin as a washed-up comedian who strikes up an unlikely friendship that changes his life. It's 1914 and Calvero (Charlie Chaplin) has long since left behind his days as a celebrated music hall comedian; he now spends his nights drinking instead of entertaining crowds. Stumbling home from the bar one night, Calvero smells gas outside his building and discovers that Terry (Claire Bloom), who lives in a ground-floor apartment, is trying to kill herself. Calvero saves Terry and keeps watch over her in his apartment. Like him, Terry is a failed performer; an injury prevents her from returning to her career as a ballerina. Inspired by each other, Calvero and Terry work to overcome the obstacles of age, illness, and bad luck and dream of returning to their one true love: the stage. With a nostalgic tone and a bittersweet ending featuring a cameo by Buster Keaton, Limelight is beloved by Chaplin devotees and fans of early cinema.moreless

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  • 70

    The New York Times Jeannette Catsoulis

    As a trippy, trifling memorial to a time before its eponymous club was a mini-mall and rave culture a woozy memory, Limelight delivers the messed-up goods.

  • 50

    Los Angeles Times

    If all you know about Peter Gatien going in to Limelight is that he is a nightclub owner with legal issues, that's about all you'll know coming out.

  • 50

    Variety

    Watching Limelight, about the rise and politically engineered fall of onetime Manhattan nightclub kingpin Peter Gatien, is like looking through a family album: If you're in the fam...

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    Comedy, Documentary

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    Slapstick, 50s