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.
"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…
The Circus is Charlie Chaplin's last official silent movie. In this one The Tramp finds himself as the star attraction at the circus. Chaplin gets to do lots of physical comedy in this one. Highlights of the film are a chase in a mirror maze, Chaplin stuck in a lion's cage with a lion, and a tightrope walk. The ring master of the circus comes across as a sadistic man....and it is not funny at all. He repeatedly beats his daughter and even refuses to let her eat when she does not make him happy.
Chaplin is....as always.... entertaining to watch...his performance is even more impressive when you realize he suffered a nervous breakdown while making this one. This is a good movie....but almost seems average when compared to Chaplin's classics. Sadly I am running out of Chaplin/Tramp movies to watch.
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…
Film #17 of Project 20
”I live a charmed life.”
The Circus is another excellent and hilarious comedy from Charlie Chaplin which more than anything thrives on the lovely and sympathetic character of Tramp, a simple and lonely man who may look like a beggar and who may live a grievous and unfortunate life but with his modesty and compassion he is the person who brings happiness and balance to other people’s miserable life. In The Circus Chaplin adds another dimension to this winning persona which makes the Tramp character deeper and even more humane: here he is a man who shares the sadness and happiness of other people and does whatever he can to make their lives more gratifying…
Not as good as his previous work before 1928, I didn't get as many laughs as before which is a shame.
In what is one of Chaplin 's funniest, the Tramp is used as sort of an accidental hero saving a damsel in distress (Chaplin focuses on the girl from the very start, singing a lullaby for her). And in a typical heroic mode, at least for the western mythology, after the job is done, he ends up alone moving towards the horizon. A bittersweet finale.
Hilarious and sweetly sad, in that way only Chaplin knows how.
The Circus might just be Chaplin's best. At this juncture, it certainly seems to be my favorite of his. Although I prefer the works of Buster Keaton in general, here's no question that of the three major silent comedy stars - Keaton, Chaplin, and Lloyd - that Chaplin's works are usually the most thematically complex. The Circus is no exception to that rule.
After a standard silent comedy chase through a town (which features a scene that seems to have inspired Welles in The Lady from Shanghai), Chaplin finds himself in a circus where he quickly becomes the star act. However, what makes his work at the circus far superior to the others is that his humor stems from unplanned…
All of the beats of any great rom-com are here. The high-wire act at the end is a marvel. This is one of Ebert's Great Movies and it is easy to see why.
As expected, the circus and its natural setting of performance and excess proves ripe for Chaplin's painstaking (and painful) set pieces and visual gags. Story and substance take back seat to these gags, but abundant laughs and admirable feats of trickery and athleticism provide plenty of reasons to watch The Circus (or likely any of Chaplin's comedies). The politicism of his most ambitious features is absent (although a police officer hopelessly chasing the tramp on a spinning surface was certainly a subversive jab), but Chaplin's iconic blend of humor and humanism is apparent in every frame.
The film's most fascinating theme is its self-reflexive exploration of what makes Chaplin funny. His tryout for the circus, which includes a manager yelling,…
I happened to see this being offered on Hulu in association with the upcoming Oscars and the film "The Artist" touching on the silent film genre. I am not an expert and the only other silent film I have seen is "Our Hospitality" by Keaton. I think I've been lucky to see two fairly great silent films as my first two silent films. This is the second. The Circus has a "charming" quality as is the buzz word for this movie and most of Chaplin's flixs in general it seems. However, this one was truly charming in displaying the heart and comedy of Chaplin. The story is touching and made me laugh out loud literally many times. It was entertaining…
Not Chaplin's best film, but The Circus has undeniable wit and humor to it, even with its repetitive gags and conventional storyline. Chaplin is as great as ever, though, and his humor is funnier than a lot of the humor modern audiences see in theaters.
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!