LIMELIGHT
1952, Janus Films, 137 min, USA, Dir: Charlie Chaplin

In this nostalgic but never maudlin swan song, Charlie Chaplin channels the riotous music-hall culture of his youth. An intensely personal film complete with recollections of his parents as well as his children in cameo roles, LIMELIGHT also features the one-time-only onscreen pairing of Chaplin and Buster Keaton.


MODERN TIMES
1936, Janus Films, 87 min, USA, Dir: Charlie Chaplin

Charlie Chaplin directs and plays the Tramp in this brilliantly inventive critique of industrial advancement. When the Tramp begins to take on one too many characteristics of the massive machinery that surrounds him, the powers-that-be are made nervous by his antisocial behavior and suspect him of being a communist.


THE GREAT DICTATOR
1940, Kino International, 127 min, USA, Dir: Charlie Chaplin

The physical resemblance between the Tramp and another famous man with a little black mustache was not lost on Chaplin. In his first all-talking picture, he plays both a Jewish barber and his double, Adenoid Hynkel, the absolute ruler of Tomainia. As Hynkel and his henchmen Herring and Garbitsch engineer the persecution of Jews and the invasion of neighboring Osterlich, the amnesiac barber may be the only person innocent enough to stop them. Throughout the film Chaplin powerfully exploits the deflating power of parody, while in the finale he abandons both character and comedy to deliver an impassioned plea for human tolerance. With Paulette Goddard, Reginald Gardiner, Jack Oakie.


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