I’d never seen Limelight (Charles Chaplin, 1952): all I knew was that CC wrote the theme song. For a film with one of the greatest stars of the silents, there’s a helluva lot of talking.

I didn’t know Buster Keaton was in it: that literally made me sit up. Believe it or not, I think I recognised him by his voice!

I dunno what I expected (DW Griffith, perhaps) but this was nothing remotely like it. I don’t think I like it. It’s an conviction-less melodrama with a creepy old-man-young-woman subtext – what we now may think of as the Woody Allen Syndrome.

A fading comedian and a suicidally despondent ballet dancer must look to each other to find meaning and hope in their lives.

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

Limelight (Charles Chaplin, 1952)

Garry Gillard | reviews | New: 18 March, 2017 | Now: 18 March, 2017