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Limelight Add Video

After 40 years in the US, Charlie Chaplin, the most famous man in the world, made this, his final American film. He was then excluded from the US as a result of McCarthyite hysteria. Although he directed two poor films in Europe, Limelight is his true valedictory movie. Set in London on the eve of the first world war, this work comments on his life and art through the chaste, mutually restorative relationship between a traumatised ballerina (Claire Bloom) and an alcoholic ex-music hall comic star (Chaplin). While the film is arguably a verbose, technically creaky work, with touches of sentimentality and what some would call self-indulgence, there also many sublime, deeply affecting moments, and for those who think Chaplin one of the key figures of 20th-century popular culture, it is a crucial movie.

Posted by scripttools on December 21, 2012 at 9:22 PM 1274 Views

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