Thursday, May 28, 2015

Claire Bloom of Limelight, On Chaplin

Clair Bloom on Chaplin

The Criterion Collection has released a clip from an exclusive new interview with actress Claire Bloom, which appears on the recent Blu-ray release of Charlie Chaplin's final American film, Limelight


Charlie Chaplin's masterful drama about the twilight of a former vaudeville star is among the writer-director's most touching films. Chaplin plays Calvero, a once beloved musical-comedy performer, now a washed-up alcoholic who lives in a small London flat. A glimmer of hope arrives when he meets a beautiful but melancholy ballerina (Claire Bloom) who lives downstairs. An elegant mix of the comic and the tragic, this poignant film also features Buster Keaton in an extended cameo, marking the only time the two silent comedy icons appeared together on-screen. Made at a time when Chaplin was under attack by the American press and far right, Limelight was barely distributed in the United States upon its initial release, but it is now considered one of his essential and most personal works.

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