Limelight

  • Dir: Charles Chaplin

  • USA, 1952, English, 137 min, DCP

  • Cast: Charles Chaplin, Claire Bloom, Buster Keaton

Persecuted in America for his leftist sympathies, Chaplin turned nostalgically to the milieu of Victorian London’s music halls where he began his career for this late masterpiece about the relationship between an aging comedian who has lost his audience and a young ballerina he rescues from suicide. Bazin praised Limelight for the ambiguity with which Chaplin presented the relationship between art and life, illusion and reality, not least in the film’s suggestions of autobiography, culminating in a legendary sketch featuring Chaplin for the first and only time together with Buster Keaton as a has-been comedy duo.

1973 Academy Awards: Best Original Score

15/11 (Sun): Film talk with Bryan Chang.

Screening:

Note

1. Unless otherwise stated, all films (except English-speaking films) are subtitled in English.

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4. For the sold-out screenings at HK Arts Centre and HK Film Archive, a limited number of standing tickets are available at the URBTIX Outlets of the respective venues 30 minutes prior to the screening time. Seating is not guaranteed and subject to availability 30 minutes after the screening time. Each person can purchase 1 standing ticket. The availability of standing tickets is subject to change without prior notice.

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