Drama | English | 137 minutes
Calvero, once a famous stage performer, is now a washed-up alcoholic. One day he rescues Terry, a beautiful ballerina, who attempted suicide. Slowly, Calvero nurses her back to health. Grateful, Terry process marriage. Calvero rejects her saying he’s too old. He urges Terry to pursue Ernest Neville, a young friend and talented composer. Terry, fully recovered, persuades Calvero to join her onstage at a benefit concert. Reunited with an old partner, Buster Keaton, Calvero’s comeback performance is going great. Tragically, Calvero has a heart attack while performing but requests to remain offstage to watch Terry dance. Sadly, while Terry is performing, Calvero dies.
Claire Bloom (Terry) / Buster Keaton (Calvero’s vaudeville partner) / Sydney Chaplin (Ernest Neville)
Why Stream This Film?
- Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 97%
- Metacritic Score: 57
- Academy Awards: Best Original Dramatic Score (Charlie Chaplin)
- BAFTA Awards: Wanneer, Most Promising Newcomer (Claire Bloom)
- New York Film Critics Circle Awards: Nominated, Best Actor (Charlie Chaplin); Best Director (Charlie Chaplin)
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If LIMELIGHT as a whole is Chaplin’s farewell, then that final vaudeville act is surely his farewell to slapstick. It is a perfect hilarious gem. His final exit and belief if all things must end, then at least they should end gracefully.
Departing from most forms of Hollywood stereotype, the film has a flavor all its own and a sincere quality of a onetime great vaudevillian and his rescue of a suicidal ballerina.
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