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.


TILLIE’S PUNCTURED ROMANCE
1914, Keystone, 82 min, USA, Dir: Mack Sennett

The very first feature-length comedy! Marie Dressler reprises her starring role in this slapstick-filled adaptation of the Broadway hit Tillie’s Nightmare, sharing the screen with Charlie Chaplin (as a gold-digging city slicker) and Mabel Normand.


MONSIEUR VERDOUX
1947, The Film Desk, 124 min, USA, Dir: Charles Chaplin

This black comedy from writer-director-star Charles Chaplin (based on a premise from Orson Welles) is inspired by the true-life story of bigamist wife-killer Henri Desire Landru, who married wealthy women for their money and then methodically bumped them off. Martha Raye is unforgettable as the woman Verdoux just can’t seem to kill. It was the first time that Chaplin worked with John Gabriel Beckman, who is noted for his extensive career as a set designer, art director, production designer and muralist as well as a World War I fighter pilot.


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