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Pay Day


Sat, May 7, 2011 7 PM
Chaplin's final two-reeler, Pay Day, joins his last American-made film, Limelight, in this double bill.

In Pay Day, Charlie plays a bricklayer who plans on spending his paycheck at the saloon, only to be foiled by his wife. (22 mins., 35mm)

Set in London on the eve of WWI, Limelight is Chaplin's vivid evocation of the lower-class music halls where his career as a comedian began. Chaplin plays the alcoholic clown Calvero who mentors a young dancer (Claire Bloom) after he prevents her suicide. The film's can't-miss climactic scene features a reunion between Calvero and his old partner, played by Buster Keaton, Chaplin's contemporary and fellow comedian and director, in the only time the two shared the screen. (137 mins., 35mm)

Limelight also marks a significant moment in Chaplin's personal history, since he was refused reentry into the U.S. (due to alleged communist sympathies) after a press tour for its release in England. Many American theaters refused to show the film at that time. It was successfully re-released in 1972, the same year when Chaplin returned to the U.S. to receive an honorary Oscar for life-time achievement. Limelight begins at 7:30 PM.

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