Filmed version of stage director Takis Mouzenidis' production of the Sophocles tragedy.
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Diane L (mx) wrote: An intimate, humane story that will no doubt begin to resonate increasingly with many people who are facing aging parents or having to deal with aging themselves. Rich character portrayals and contrasts of generational differences makes this a meaningful and topical film. Dylan Thomas comes to mind as I watched this film - "Do not go gentle into that good night, Old age should burn and rave at close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of the light." So poignant.
Stuart R (es) wrote: Harry Potter is a warlock and we don't worship warlocks!! I didn't know whether to laugh or cry. Some crazy stuff on show, obvious brain washing but are these people really doing any harm? It's hard to say, it's such a huge debate and there will never be a right or wrong answer when it comes to belief or religion.
Perk N (ru) wrote: youth without youith
Clarence K (de) wrote: Very sophisticated/nuanced Hong Kong humor, love it!
Huw G (mx) wrote: Silly but funny too. Very '70s, with all the non-pc to go with it - and it's Melbourne in the '80s!
Ryan H (it) wrote: Perfect from beginning to end. Chaplin mixes the tragedy with comedy so delicately. The psychology that Chaplin understands seems to be a little ahead of his time. Calvero is an old, fading comedian who finds a young ballet dancer named Terry passed out on her bed after trying to commit suicide. He finds out she's sad because she can't feel her legs anymore. She thinks she is paralyzed. The doctor, however, thinks there is nothing wrong with her legs. Calvero decides to not take her to the hospital because it's all in her subconscious. Yes, they say subconscious in the film. He inspires Terry to live life again and get past her fears. Perhaps this was Chaplin trying to do the same thing with his own life. It was 7 years between Monsieur Verdoux and The Great Dictator and 5 years between Monsieur Verdoux and Limelight, so I'm sure he had this film in his heart during that time period. Did Chaplin feel like his comedy was fading? Everyone loves the tramp, I doubt it was anything like the tramp in this film. But he did transition into talkies, so maybe he felt like he was forced out of his silent films? Either way, there is so much heart through realistic characters and true passions for life. Calvero and Terry decide to stay living together after she is well again, and she wants to help Calvero become a great comedian again. The only problem is that Calvero has ruined his name with the drinking, so he has to perform under different names, which gets him booed quickly. The first scene in Calvero's dream where he does the flea act, then afterwords has no audience watching him, is so freaking heartbreaking. We truly feel his fear. He needs the audience. Their laughter is what gives him the will to live. If they are not there or do not laugh at his jokes we feel he is ready to just give up. The highlight of the film is the stage performance shared between Calvero and his old partner. His old partner turns out to be none other than Buster Keaton. It's a hilarious scene where the two come out in huge suits, Keaton can't seem to keep the papers on the piano, and Calvero is having problems with the length of his legs. This is a new act. Calvero still has ideas. Calvero seems to act much like his Tramp character. He thinks he is too old to have the love of a young woman like Terry. She loves him with all her heart, but he can't accept it. He doesn't believe she could love him, but as the film goes on he seems to start believing it and feels sorry for her, telling her she has wasted her love. She should be with Neville (played by his son Sidney Chaplin). There is great comedy that seems to be lost on many people. Chaplin was quick with his silent comedy, and he was quick with his words. If you don't pay attention for a moment you might miss a killer wordplay. **SPOILERS**When Calvero finally dies he has his old partner behind him, Neville to his side, and Terry on the stage. The camera moves from him and over to Terry without a cut. This is the limelight. It is time for the old to give way to the young. It's sad because this is just the true progression of life. Charlie Chaplin will always be loved. He was a brilliant filmmaker who knew how to reach his audience's hearts.
lisa m (ru) wrote: Funny and very entertaining
Joseph H (it) wrote: Depressing. This is not as good as I remember it being as a child. Skip it and live with the false memory of quality