G | | Drama, Music, Romance
A fading comedian and a suicidally despondent ballet dancer must look to each other to find meaning and hope in their lives.
Charles Chaplin worked for 2½ years on the screenplay and then devoted nine months to the score.
What can the stars do?
Calvero: Just sit on their axis.
The film begins in the summer of 1914, as the First World War began, but less than a year passes before a newsboy shows a headline "United States Enters War", which didn't happen until April, 1917, and Neville is drafted, though the draft did not begin until 1916. Curiously, only one person appears in uniform, despite England being on a war footing.
"The glamour of limelight, from which age must pass as youth enters."
When the film was released in 1952, it ran 141 minutes. It had been in distribution for several months, when Chaplin recalled film prints and deleted a scene in which Calvero leaves the sleeping Thereza, and goes to a bar, where he meets his old friend, Claudius, the armless violin player, who gives Calvero money. The film ran 137 minutes after this scene was edited out. In the ending credits, there is still a billing for Stapleton Kent as Claudius, even though he is not seen in current versions of the film. The excellent Image/David Shepard DVD version is the 137 minute version, but it presents the deleted scene as an extra feature.
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