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Limelight (1919)
Starring: Charlie Chaplin, Marjorie Bennett, Claire Bloom, Nigel Bruce, Sydney Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Norman Lloyd
Director: Charlie Chaplin
Category: Comedy, Classics, Family
Studio: Warner Bros.
132 mins



The Chaplin Collection

A young dancer wants to know if the white-haired gentleman who saved her life is Calvero, the great music hall comedian. "I was," the gent replies.

Charles Chaplin's Limelight is a glimmering homage to what was, a proud look at a bygone entertainment era and a bittersweet tale of an artist passing the torch to a new generation. Chaplin portrays Calvero (the "Tramp Comedian" per an old theatrical poster in his room), who rescues a distraught ballerina (Claire Bloom) from suicide and mentors her to success. Among the film's comedy highlights is a musical routine that's anything but routine in the hands of legend Chaplin and stone-faced Buster Keaton. The extraordinary score by Chaplin, Raymond Rasch and Larry Russell earned the screen legend his only competitive Oscar.