Mus: Charles Chaplin, Raymond Rasch & Larry
Charles Chaplin (Calvero), Claire
Bloom (Thereza Ambrose), Nigel Bruce (Postant), Buster Keaton (Calvero's Partner), Sydney Earl Chaplin (Ernest Neville), Norman Lloyd (Bodalink), Marjorie Bennett (Mrs.
Though produced and funded in the United States, Limelight was
met with blackout when it was originally slated for release in 1952, mostly due to Chaplin's political stance on communism. It was finally given widespread US release in 1972, thus becoming
eligible for the 45th Academy Awards, where it won Chaplin his only competitive Oscar in the Best Original Score category.
The film itself is quite obviously biographical, set in
London's East End, where a washed up music hall comedian saves the life of a young ballerina and the two form a relationship which gives them both hope of realising their dreams of
Chaplin very much plays an older version of the usual
character for which he became famous, and Claire Bloom is excellent as the young ingenue.
It's not quite the best work of Charlie Chaplin's illustrious
career, but it's a film which certainly sums it up, as he gracefully hands the spotlight to a younger generation.