Charlie Chaplin


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  • ''They walked out on me. They haven't done that since I was a beginner. The cycle's complete.''
    Charlie Chaplin (1889-1977), British actor, screenwriter, director. Calvero (Charles Chaplin), Limelight, to Terry (Claire Bloom) after he fails miserably to revive his fallen career as a clown (1952).
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  • ''A man's true character comes out when he's drunk.''
    Charlie Chaplin (1889-1977), British actor, screenwriter, director. Calvero (Charles Chaplin), Limelight, to Terry (Claire Bloom) after she finds him drunk with some of his friends (1952).
  • ''Live can be wonderful if you're not afraid of it. All it takes is courage, imagination ... and a little dough.''
    Charlie Chaplin (1889-1977), British actor, screenwriter, director. Calvero (Charles Chaplin), Limelight, to Terry (Claire Bloom) as he lectures her on what he's learned in his life (1952).
  • ''The heart and the mind ... what an enigma.''
    Charlie Chaplin (1889-1977), British actor, screenwriter, director. Calvero (Charles Chaplin), Limelight, as he is dying backstage at a benefit in his honor (1952).
  • ''I'm an old sinner. Nothing shocks me.''
    Charlie Chaplin (1889-1977), British actor, screenwriter, and director. Calvero (Charles Chaplin), Limelight, to Terry (Claire Bloom) as he tries to learn if she has a venereal disease (1952). Considering the scandals both sexual and political that plagued Chaplin throughout his career, this line is tinged with a certain irony.
  • ''I've arrived at the age where a platonic friendship can be sustained on the highest moral plane.''
    Charlie Chaplin (1889-1977), British actor, screenwriter, director. Calvero (Charles Chaplin), Limelight, to Terry (Claire Bloom) after the elderly clown invites the much-younger dancer to recuperate in his apartment (1952). Another moment of Chaplin's self-effacing irony when compared to his real-life and his tendency to be romantically involved with women considerably younger than himself.
  • ''What do you want meaning for? Life is desire, not meaning!''
    Charlie Chaplin (1889-1977), British actor, screenwriter, director. Calvero (Charles Chaplin), Limelight, to Terry (Claire Bloom) as he lectures her on the important things in life (1952).
  • ''I never thought we'd come to this.''
    Charlie Chaplin (1889-1977), British actor, screenwriter, director. Calvero's Partner (Buster Keaton), Limelight, wry remark to Calvero (Charles Chaplin) before the two perform on-stage together (1952). This was the only time these two great comedians of the silent film era appeared together on-screen and the remark is ironic and self-parodying. Reportedly, Keaton was much funnier than Chaplin in their comedy music scene together and consequently a jealous Chaplin cut most of Keaton's material out of the final version of Limelight.
  • ''If anybody else says it's like old times, I'll jump out the window.''
    Charlie Chaplin (1889-1977), British actor, screenwriter, director. Calvero's Partner (Buster Keaton), Limelight, The partner's (Buster Keaton) wry remark to Calvero (Charles Chaplin) before the two perform on-stage together. (1952). This was the only time these two great comedians of the silent film era appeared together on-screen and the remark is ironic and self-parodying. Reportedly, Keaton was much funnier than Chaplin in their comedy music scene together and consequently a jealous Chaplin cut most of Keaton's material out of the final version of Limelight.
  • ''Brunettes are troublemakers. They're worse than the Jews.''
    Charlie Chaplin (1889-1977), British comic actor, filmmaker. Charles Chaplin. Garbitsch (Henry Danielle), The Great Dictator (1940).

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