Set in the London of 1914, Limelight tells the story of a fading music hall comedian’s efforts to help a despondent ballet dancer (Claire Bloom) learn both to walk and feel confident about life again.
Silent movie fans should keep an eye out for an appearance by the great Buster Keaton in a small role.
Available as both a single DVD edition and a dual format Blu-ray/DVD set, Limelight comes with the following extras:
- Introduction by David Robinson
- Chaplin Today: Limelight documentary
- Footlights – excerpts from the original novel, read by Chaplin
Alternatively, if you want to watch Charlie on the go, head over to iTunes to either buy or rent the film – you can also watch a short clip.
For more on Limelight we recommend Lisa Stein’s 2006 article, Limelight and the Hollywood Ballet Fad, while Chaplin fans might enjoy taking a tour of www.thelittlefellow.org, a fan site which features a number of photos and unusual facts.