In his last American film, Charlie Chaplin synthesized a lifetime’s worth of memories, experiences, and wisdom into a miraculously moving, bittersweet summation of his art and worldview. In a story set amid the London music halls of his youth, Chaplin plays Calvero, the rummy, washed-up clown whose final gift to the world is to give a suicidal ballerina (Claire Bloom) a new lease on life. At once heart-burstingly life-affirming, and serenely accepting of aging and death, Limelight stands as a soul-baring magnum opus from one of the 20th century’s greatest artists. Bonus: Chaplin performing on screen alongside Buster Keaton for the first and last time.
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