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A masterful drama about the twilight of a former vaudeville star is among the writer/director's most touching films. Calvero, a once beloved musical-comedy performer, now a washed-up alcoholic who lives in a small London flat. A glimmer of hope arrives when he meets a beautiful but melancholy ballerina who lives downstairs.
Publisher: [Irvington, N.Y.] : The Criterion Collection, [2015]
Edition: Two-DVD special edition
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781604659948
Branch Call Number: DVD FEATURE LIMEL
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (137 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet (40 pages : illustrations ; 18 cm)
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Notes: DVD release of the 1952 motion picture
Special features: New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray; Disc 2: Chaplin's "Limelight": Its evolution and intimacey (a new video essay by Charlie Chaplin biographer David Robinson); Claire Bloom and Norman Lloyd (new interviews with the actors from 2015 and 2012); Chaplin today: "Limelight" (a 2002 documentary on the film); Outtake (scene involving an old, armless friend of Calvero's that was removed before the film's worldwide distribution); Charlie Chaplin reads from Footlights (archival audio recording of Charlie Chaplin reading two short excerpts from his novella Footlights which is the basis for Limelight); Short films: A night in the show (1915 ; 25 min., accompanied by a 2014 score by composer Timothy Brock), The professor (1919 ; 7 min., uncomplete film); Trailers. Booklet includes an essay by critic Peter von Bagh


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Jun 10, 2019

Even though it is a Charlie Chaplin movie and it is labeled as a comedy, this movie has very little to laugh about. It was misleading in the labeling and even for a drama it is quite boring. The main actress is an hysterical woman that added nothing good to the movie and twice fell in love with the first guy that showed up in front of her. Do no recommend.

Sep 22, 2018

“A story of a ballerina and a clown…” states a title card at the beginning of Charles Chaplin’s signature opus—part autobiography, part showbiz allegory, and a lot of stagey melodrama which has deservedly found its way into the realm of cinema classics. Shot through with theatrical conceits as befits its subject—Calvero’s dreams come in the form of Vaudeville routines while Claire works through her angst in tutu and pointe shoes—Chaplin’s winsome character nevertheless offers up some heady philosophy regarding the compromises imposed by old age and the agelessness of the performing arts, possibly giving his best performance ever both in and out of greasepaint. Sad without being a tragedy, romantic without being a love story, uplifting without being a comedy, Chaplin (who besides composing the Oscar-winning orchestral score also served as writer and director) bares his artistic soul with unabashed sentimentality and a finesse worthy of Bergman, and in so doing reminds us all of why we flock to theatres in the first place. Too bad this classic was put on the back shelf for so long thanks to the anti-Communist hysteria levelled at Chaplin in the wake of false allegations. Fellow silent film star Buster Keaton joins Chaplin for some onstage schtick, one of their very few screen pairings.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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

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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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..."

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."

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."

Oct 17, 2013

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


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