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

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