Director : Charles Chaplin Year Of Release : 1952 Principal Cast : Charles Chaplin, Claire Bloom, Nigel , Buster Keaton, Sydney Earl Chaplin, Norman Lloyd, Andre Eglevsky, Marjorie Bennett, Wheeler Dryden, Melissa Hayden. (Uncredited: Geraldine Chaplin, Josephine Chaplin, Charles Chaplin Jr, Michael Chaplin, Oona O’Neill) Approx Running Time : 137 Minutes Synopsis: A fading comedian and a suicidal ballet dancer must look to other to find and hope in their lives. ******** Encapsulating the duopoly of ’s fascination with ageing, is a contrast in focus. Charlie Chaplin was entering the latter stages of his career, while co-star Claire Bloom gave one of the all-time major film debuts; Chaplin’s American career was cut off following accusations of Communist sympathies during the Red Scare, which resulted in him being banned re-entering the United States, and Bloom’s post- Limelight career was a of stardom and celebrity. The film is one of Chaplin’s rare “serious” films, largely bereft of the laughs and the comedic tones of his silent films and instead us an actor working hard to establish a more mature style, and so viewers approach Limelight with that in mind. Chaplin plays fading vaudeville […]

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