The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present a 60th anniversary screening of “Limelight,” Charlie Chaplin’s final masterpiece, on Wednesday, October 3, at 7:30 p.m. at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Presented as an installment of the Jack Oakie Celebration of Comedy in Film, the evening will welcome co-stars Claire Bloom and Norman Lloyd, who will discuss their work with Chaplin and the influence he had on their distinguished careers.
“Limelight” offers a poignant portrait of the music halls where Chaplin, one of the screen’s first comedic geniuses, developed his craft. Produced just before Chaplin’s re-entry permit to the United States was revoked during his travels abroad, the film is a bittersweet time capsule, reflecting the mindset of an artist whose world was changing around him.
Featuring Bloom in what was only her second film, “Limelight” is a tender and often humorous love story that revels in the details of life on the stage. A brief, but tantalizing, scene between Chaplin and his closest comedic rival, Buster Keaton, is yet another facet of the film’s charm. Read the rest of this entry