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 each other to find meaning and hope in their . ******** Encapsulating the duopoly of fascination with ageing, Limelight a contrast in focus. Chaplin was entering the latter stages of his , while co-star Claire Bloom gave one of the all-time great major film debuts; Chaplin’s American was cut off following accusations of Communist sympathies the Red Scare, resulted in him being banned from re-entering the States, and Bloom’s post- Limelight career was a blossom 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 giving us an actor working hard to establish a more mature , and so viewers should approach Limelight with that in mind. Chaplin plays fading vaudeville […]

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