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Limelight

Charles Chaplin

 
Limelight (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • United States
  • 1952
  • 137 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.37:1
  • English
  •  
  • Spine #756

Charlie Chaplin’s masterful drama about the twilight of a former vaudeville star is among the writer-director’s most touching films. Chaplin plays Calvero, a once beloved musical-comedy performer, now a washed-up alcoholic who lives in a small London flat. A glimmer of hope arrives when he meets a beautiful but melancholy ballerina (Claire Bloom) who lives downstairs. An elegant mix of the comic and the tragic, this poignant movie also features Buster Keaton in an extended cameo, marking the only time the two silent comedy icons appeared in a film together. Made at a time when Chaplin was under attack by the American press and far right, Limelight was scarcely distributed in the United States upon its initial release, but it is now considered one of his essential and most personal works.

Credits

DirectorCharles Chaplin
Written byCharles Chaplin
ProducerCharles Chaplin
ComposerCharles Chaplin
Musical arrangementRay Rasch and Charles Chaplin
ConductorKeith Williams
Assistant producersWheeler Dryden and Jerome Epstein
Assistant directorsRobert Aldrich and Jack Verne
Director of photographyKarl Struss
Photographic consultantRoland Totheroh
Art directorEugène Lourié
SoundHugh McDowell Jr.
Production managerLonnie D’Orsa
EditorJoe Inge
Costume designRiley Thorne
MakeupTed Larsen
HairFlorence Avery
Ballet choreographersAndré Eglevsky, Melissa Hayden and Charles Chaplin
Corps de balletCarmelita Maracci
Still photographersGeorge Hommel and W. Eugene Smith

Disc Features

  • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Chaplin’s “Limelight”: Its Evolution and Intimacy, a new video essay by Charlie Chaplin biographer David Robinson
  • New interviews with actors Claire Bloom and Norman Lloyd
  • Chaplin Today: “Limelight,” a 2002 documentary on the film
  • Archival audio recording of Chaplin reading two short excerpts from his novella Footlights
  • Two short films by Chaplin: A Night in the Show (1915) and the uncompleted The Professor (1919)
  • Outtake and two trailers
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Peter von Bagh and excerpts from an on-set piece by journalist Henry Gris

    New cover by Bill Nelson

Film Essays

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Limelight: Portrait of the Artist as an Old Man

By Peter von Bagh May 19, 2015

Charlie Chaplin’s intensely emotional drama is a dream film about show business, history, and death. Read more »

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Three Reasons


Film Essays

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Limelight: Portrait of the Artist as an Old Man

By Peter von Bagh May 19, 2015

Charlie Chaplin’s intensely emotional drama is a dream film about show business, history, and death. Read more »

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