Limelight (1952)


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Calvero: Time is the best author. It always writes the perfect ending.

Calvero: What a day! The sun's shining, the kettle's singing, and we've paid the rent. There's going to be an earthquake, I know it, I know it, I know it.

Calvero: Life can be wonderful if you're not afraid of it.

Terry: I'm sorry.
Calvero: You should be. A young girl like you wanting to throw your life away. Heh! When you are my age you want to hang onto it.

Calvero: What do you want meaning for? Life is a desire, not a meaning. Desire is the theme of all life.

Calvero: Think of the power that's in the universe! Turning the Earth. Making the trees grow. Well that's the same power within you! If you'd only have courage and the will to use it.

Calvero: There's greatness in everyone.

Calvero: I'm an old sinner, nothing shocks me.

Calvero: I believe I'm dying, doctor. I should know. I've died so many times.
Doctor: Are you in pain?
Calvero: No more... no more.

Mrs. Alsop: She's not going back to her old room.
Calvero: Well then, she'll just have to stay here.
Mrs. Alsop: What? And scandalize my whole household?
Calvero: What's the difference? We could be man and wife for all anyone cares.

Terry: If all else fails, there's always that little home in the country.
Calvero: This is my home, here.
Terry: I thought you hated the theater.
Calvero: I do. I also hate the sight of blood, but it's in my veins.

Calvero: The heart and the mind, what an enigma.

Calvero: That's all any of us are: amateurs. We don't live long enough to be anything else.

Terry: Worms can't smile.
Calvero: Oh, how would you know, have you ever appealed to their sense of humour?
Terry: Of course not.
Calvero: Well then.

Continuity mistake: The pictures on the wall of Calvero's apartment move around during the scenes, particularly the photos flanking the clock on the mantle above the fireplace. A particularly striking example is during the scene wherein Terry recovers the ability to walk. The scene starts off with a photographic-profile-portrait of Chaplin (not decked out as Calvero the Clown) on the left side of the clock and on the right side of the clock, a full-length photo of Calvero the Clown wearing a straw hat, and leaning on his cane, which is held in his left hand. As the scene progresses, the portrait to the left of the clock is replaced by a half-length photo of Calvero the Clown wearing a top hat, with his cane swung across his body, angled up. As Terry realizes she can walk, the portrait re-appears to the left of the clock, and there is nothing to the right of the clock.

Richard Lannom

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