Every film from Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" essays.
Charlie, a wandering tramp, becomes a circus handyman and falls in love with the circus owner's daughter. Unaware of Charlie's affection, the girl falls in love with a handsome young performer. Charlie's versatility makes him star of the show when he substitutes for an ailing tightwire walker. He is discharged from the company when he protects the girl from her father's abuse, but he returns and appeals to the handsome performer to marry the girl. After the wedding the father prevails upon them to rejoin the circus. Charlie is hired again, but he stays behind when the caravan moves on.
A rollicking adventure, a heartbreaking romance & a passionate piece of quality filmmaking, The Circus is yet another timeless classic from the undisputed king of laughter that's deftly crafted & thoroughly accomplished in all departments of filmmaking and while it sits in the lower ranks of Chaplin's filmography, it's just as influential as his best-known works.
The Circus tells the story of a poor tramp who while at a circus is mistaken for a pickpocket by the police and in his effort to elude them, becomes an accidental sensation of the show. The crowd reaction makes the ringmaster hire him but since the tramp is unaware that he's the star of the show, he accepts the minimum wage offer and also falls…
"Time brought many changes to the Circus; new hopes and new ambitions."
The Circus is perhaps one of Chaplin's most under appreciated films considering it was directed after his acclaimed The Gold Rush and before his most critically adored film City Lights. I really don't see why it is considered a lesser film because it has one of the best love stories and in my opinion the best ending as well. I know City Lights' final scene is one of his best, but I think this one fits his character even better. It is hard for me to pick a favorite film from Chaplin since they all have something unique about them, but it doesn't deserve to be considered a…
I've been trying to catch up with Oscar nominations and the rest of the year's releases, but sometimes you need a fallback that's always going to be exactly what you need. For me, that's Charlie Chaplin. His are some of the only movies which can make me laugh even if I'm alone or in a bad mood. Beyond his brilliant slapstick, he puts so much detail into his characters that they take on a depth rarely seen in broad comedy. He is the prototypical outsider, the man without a place, and he shows us everything we need to know about love: we want others to love us, to have some sense of belonging, but ultimately all we really need is…
The Circus seems to be an ode to the movies and performers of Charlie Chaplin's time - and perhaps a statement on comedy, too. When the Tramp stumbles into a circus and turns everything upside down, the audience goes nuts. When he tries to do the same once he's aware that he's a star and expected to be funny, nobody even cracks a smile.
Early on after a failed audition, the owner of the circus decides that the Tramp is unfunny, but decides to milk his appeal for all it's worth anyway, without ever letting the Tramp know that he's a hit. Is that supposed to have something to do with production houses? Things like these are fun to think…
Review In A Nutshell:
I never thought that I would ever find the humour behind a silent picture to be appealing, but Charlie Chaplin has changed all that for me with so far seeing three of his films, and each one managed to put a smile on my face up to their very end. Behind the hilarity, is sadness and pity for a character that is trying to survive in a difficult environment, using comedy only to cushion it.
Chaplin's The Tramp is not a perfect individual, featuring flaws driven by his desperation to survive. He does not whine or dwell over his current predicament, he seems to just live every day like it was a new day, only acting…
Just by looking at the plot of this movie I can already guess this is gold comedy and boy was I right about that.
The Circus is about are main character the Tramp accidentally gets in trouble with the law by a pickpocket. He then stumbles into a Circus wherein he becomes a star. Merna sees the Tramp and eventually become friends. He falls for her but she falls for a handsome tightrope walker.
Okay I'm going just come out and say that Chaplin is by far better than The Three Stooges when it comes to comedy and slap stick humor with a little salt of heart. I given Chaplin's movies positive after positive ratings and so far no bad…
Few but Chaplin could make a film so thoroughly and simultaneously funny and bittersweet as this.
That old Tramp has done it again. This time he's at the circus. What really fascinated me was the lion cage gag. There's something about watching silent black and white footage of large animals that makes me both happy and sad at the same time. Oh, lets not forget the tightrope gag with the capuchins. You can see one of the critters looking at his wrangler (who is off-screen).
This lacks the emotional punch or satirical wit of his masterpieces, but this just may be Chaplin at his funniest. He enters Buster Keaton territory on multiple set pieces and shows he can be as physical as Ole Stone Face can.
I've got one kid who loves scary movies, and the other who loves Chaplin. I've obviously done something right!
Possibly Chaplin's best film.
Easy to view it as Chaplin commenting on his own fame, performances and style of comedy.
Even easier to read as a series of immaculately executed gags. Where occasionally set pieces sort of wander into Chaplin films, do their thing and then leave, the circus setting allows for plenty of invention while keeping it very strictly relevant.
In which the Tramp impersonates an automaton, ruins a magic show, befriends a lion and is undressed by monkeys during a tightrope walk. I've seen this hailed as one of Chaplin's most consistently funny films, and I agree with that sentiment - there's very little story to set up here, just Charlie stumbling into an ailing circus and becoming the star attraction, with hilarious results.
I've also seen it called one of his least sentimental films, but for some reason I found the ending more moving than The Kid or The Gold Rush, perhaps because I didn't see it coming. Those other two films are lovely, but the happy ending is never in doubt; here Charlie finds a less conventional way to sign off, and it's utterly beautiful. PLUS there are baby pigs and a kitten.
Gags without a moral center and an elegiac conclusion to a comedy, both of which are still completely permissible (ahem, Hollywood!).
I admit it. I teared up at the ending.
Great 60-90 min films (for those days when you just don't have the energy to watch a 3 hour masterpiece)
Doesn't the title of the list explain it well enough? This is a list of 200+ quality "short" films. Easy…
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!