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Limelight Movie Review Summary

Actors: Charles Chaplin, Claire Bloom, Nigel Bruce, Buster Keaton, Sydney Chaplin

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Calvero (Chaplin) was a great comedian and star of the London music hall stage before the First World War. But his career has faded by the period between the wars, when he runs into Thereza (Bloom), a young and despondent ballerina who attempted suicide. Calvero takes her in, nurtures her strength and spirits, and puts her back on her feet in every way. Grateful, she thinks she loves him and proposes, but Calvero knows she has a rich and long life ahead of her and graciously turns her down. Years later, when she is a success, Thereza and her management arrange a comeback performance for the old veteran, along with his partner from bygone days (Keaton). This 1952 film was Chaplin's last in the U.S., before government pressures drove him to Switzerland. It's creaky and sentimental, but has its lovely moments. Because it had such limited release and did not even play Los Angeles, it won an Oscar for Best Original Score after rerelease in 1972.
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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1930's-1950's Job/Profession/Poverty Story?    -   Yes Job:    -   performer or comedian

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   comedian Age:    -   long lived adults Ethnicity/Nationality    -   British

Setting

Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK City?    -   Yes City:    -   London Misc setting    -   theater

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Any profanity?    -   None Is this movie based on a    -   book

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