Dir. Charles Chaplin (1952); USA, 137m
Starring: Charles Chaplin, Claire Bloom, Nigel Bruce
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Limelight, one of Charlie Chaplin’s last films, can be considered autobiographical in its nature. The film follows a washed-up stage actor who performs as a clown named Calvero. As times change Calvero is forgotten and his act is seen as obsolete. Around the time of the film’s release in 1952, Chaplin’s other films received poor reviews. Limelight is a poetic farewell to his most beloved character, the tramp, and to slapstick. We see Chaplin come to terms with his life through Calvero and the results are a strong mixture of melodrama and hilarity. Perhaps the most touching moment is when Chaplin is joined by fellow silent film comedian Buster Keaton, where the two perform a sentimental ode to the slapstick routines they once popularized.