Limelight

Limelight

DVD - 2003
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Set in 1914 London, the film stars Chaplin as an aging music hall comic who's convinced he can no longer move people to laughter. But he gets a final opportunity to shine when he saves a young, equally desperate ballet dancer from suicide, then guides her to triumph on the stage.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, c2003
ISBN: 9780790780665
0790780666
Branch Call Number: DVD
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (132 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in

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7duffy Nov 02, 2014

This is the interpretted autobiographical cap to Chaplin's career. Charlie is excellent. The film has it all, with a predictable and often repeated ending. The scene with Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin performing together is worth 5 stars. just on it own merits.

Mark_Daly Mar 22, 2014

The previous commenters spotted all the flaws that proved too much for me: slow, awkwardly shot talky melodrama with lame skits.

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Monolith
Oct 17, 2013

A profoundly stirring piece. Nothing like what I was expecting. This May/December love story came straight from the man's heart, and his gut. The ballet and the flea circus sequences were not my cup of tea, but obviously necessary in the context of the film, and to Charlie's vision of it. How embarrassing, adding insult to injury, that he was awarded an Oscar for his elegant score (and a *two month* visa -- !) twenty years after the indignant witch-hunting accusations of his alleged Communist allegiances from McCarthy era lunatics. And, class-act that he was, he graciously accepted their invitation. My admiration for this ingenious individual is without bounds. Chaplin was stupefyingly talented, and humble, no less. He didn't allow his station to go to his head. Take heed, empty, present day "celebrities". FIVE STARS.

bmelzak Apr 08, 2013

If anyone thinks they can make a better film than Chaplin did, well do so..
For the others, there is much to enjoy and learn from here!

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BradleyAWest
Sep 27, 2012

Limelight is a tragically underrated film, and probably Chaplin's most autobiographical film. From a technical perspective, Limelight falls short on a number of levels. It's overly-basic shot composure and and lengthy tracking and panning shots that reveal very little are, in my opinion, the reason why it can so easily lose an audience's attentions. It's story, however, is simply brilliant. A fading clown with little to live for finds purpose again in a suicidal ballerina and her struggle to overcome the mindset of failure. Two broken people heal each other. It is a beautiful, heart-wrenching story. I highly recommend it. Let no one say Chaplin couldn't make a talking picture.

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pronto1961
Sep 06, 2012

the story goes that Chaplin cut most of Buster Keaton's scenes out of this film because Buster stole the 'limelight', as it were.

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richibi
Jul 13, 2011

the story begins impressively with luminous turns from both a consummate Charlie Chaplin and an equally enchanting Claire Bloom, but becomes too soon an uninspired and long-winded melodrama, not helped by intermittent theatrical skits the leads perform in their entirety that don't much move the story forward, all well worth it nevertheless for the still incandescent performances of its legendary stars

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durogoff
Nov 29, 2010

Chaplin keeps repeating and repeaing himself endlessly. Limelight is just a pretentious variation of City Lights - even the title is just four letters different. The music and ballet scenes are a claim to musical glory... except that the ballet is a poor imitation of Swan Lake...with the theme of La Boheme.

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Monolith
Oct 17, 2013

(Title Card) "The glamour of limelight, from which age must pass as youth enters. A story of a ballerina and a clown..."

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Monolith
Oct 17, 2013

Calvero: "This isn't the ideal spot for convalescing, but you're welcome to it. That is, uh, if you can put up with being 'Mrs. Calvero'. Of course, in name only." Terry: "It won't inconvenience you?" Calvero: "Not at all! I've had five wives already; one more or less makes no difference to me."

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Monolith
Oct 17, 2013

Calvero: "...In the few years I have left, I must have truth! Truth! ...It's all I have left. ...Truth. That's all I want. But, if possible, a little dignity."

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Monolith
Oct 17, 2013

Calvero: "Time is the... great author. It always writes the perfect ending."

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