This past week, I've been on a Charlie Chaplin kick. I watched "Great Dictator"(which is marvelous) and "Modern Times"(Also a classic). This morning, I watched "Limelight". I knew that it was not going to be a ha ha laugh riot all the way through, but I found myself chuckling several times in the movie. This movie has an excellent storyline about an aging performer who knows he is not marketable anymore but wants one more chance to shine. He meets a ballet dancer, played wonderfully by Claire Bloom, who almost commits suicide before beings rescued by Chaplin's Calvero character. Throughout the 2 1/2 hours, they teach other to fight their demons and do what they love doing. This movie was so moving to me. I ended up crying the majority of the movie. This shows that Chaplin is a genius. You can watch his movies and laugh, cry, think. But at the same time, it's just genius work. Sadly, this was Chaplin's last film success in America. What a shame. Great talent. The Chaplin/Keaton sequence is the highlight of the whole movie. 2 great comedy geniuses working for one time only. Perfect. 10 out of 10. Go see "Limelight" and see for yourself.
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Limelight is a movie starring Charles Chaplin, Claire Bloom, and Nigel Bruce. A fading comedian and a suicidally despondent ballet dancer must look to each other to find meaning and hope in their lives.
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Chaplin's final American film tells the story of a fading music hall comedian's effort to help a despondent ballet dancer learn both to walk and feel confident about life again. The highlight of the film is the classic duet with Chaplin's only real artistic film comedy rival, Buster Keaton.
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Chaplin's best movie!Reviewed byi_am_bernie_gVote: 10/10
Most ordinary people fall into a role and a persona in their lives, and tend to not veer very far from it if it provides for them. Perhaps, due to extreme situations, they may find it necessary to reinvent themselves once or twice and rise to the occasion or fall into dissolution.
An artist like Chaplain had to reinvent himself over and over again over four decades, particularly in a medium that was changing every few years. That's probably why he had so many failed marriages with younger woman; he had to feel like a "player" to keep the flow going and fight back the doubt and anxiety (and the terror of becoming irrelevant) that inevitably begins to haunt creative men in their twilight years. Don't underestimate the power of sex magic!
Limelight is a film about those demons, and the immense courage (and yes, the love of a much younger woman, too, doesn't hurt), that is required to triumph over them. Still, everyone knows there is one specter that no man can outrun -- Death. Chaplain masks this existential dimension in layers of sentimental melodrama which you will have to decide for yourself is effective, but I think he does this intentionally to smuggle in some deep and darker themes that filmmakers like Bergman would become famous for continually exploring masterfully.
I found myself going back and forth with Limelight; there are times when the melodrama overpowers the film, and the pedestrian cinematography doesn't help matters. A few times I felt like I was watching the old Abbot and Costello TV show, particularly the apartment scenes. However, Chaplain is such an immense presence you can't help be engaged and encouraged to keep watching because you want so much for his character Calvero to triumph. His co-star, Claire Bloom, is quite effective, too, and she has several "looks" in this film to contrast and mirror the ongoing struggle the old comedian in having internally.
Getting on in years myself, and feeling washed up and without hope and purpose, Calvero's plight and faltering desire to once again command the Limelight was quite cathartic. I was amazed by his final performance with Keaton; when Calvero starts rocking that violin like Eddie Van Halen in his prime, I was in a state of sublime fascination. Here was a true artist giving everything up for his audience, feeling the peak thrill of having the audience at his command once again for a few fleeting moments; a thrill that, tragically, he will pay dearly for.
We can only hope that we, too, can earn such an exalted death as Calvero's. Perhaps that is Chaplain's hidden message in this film; that life is, in the final analysis, about striving for a death that ennobles those you leave behind.
All the terrible facts in his life during the 1940s made Chaplinrealize he was a lucky artist, having for almost 3 decades both criticsrecognition as well as worldwide fame. His personal problems originatedby his marriage with young Oona, added to the hate generated in theUnited States from the brilliant, anti-capitalism movie "MonsieurVerdoux" left him in a very dramatic situation, that made him look backat the past, only to realize how the art he made better was changing...characters, themes, directors and actors were now different. Hiseternal black and white pantomime was at the moment "useless", andcolored motion pictures were appearing...
"Limelight" is the bittersweet movie that narrates the impossible lovestory between Calvero, the fading comedian, and Terry, the suicidalDancer. Perhaps his final masterpiece, Limelight earns recognition andadmiration for its philosophical thoughts about life, love, and the mixof comedy and drama. Considered as his will to artists and his homageto his three loves: London, arts and women, the movie reflectsChaplin's worries about his audience, his marriage, society. Almostevery aspect of Chaplin's life is represented in this motion picture.Just the tittle evokes his theatrical debut, in the late XIXth Century,Calvero is just a variation of Chaplin's eternal character, The LittleTramp, the story of Therry is the same as his mother (her sister alsoprostituted to make a living), and it goes on...
There will be no movie that'll make me laugh and cry as much asLimelight. I consider it as the last Chaplin film. Enjoy the gagbetween Chaplin and Buster Keaton, long-time rival in the silent-filmera, and the marvelous original score composed by Chaplin himself.
Limelight is a perfect, brilliant, touching movie that'll make you knowthe person that hid 30 years under the Little Tramp character: a greatartist and unique man called Charles Spencer Chaplin.