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…
A fantastic silent film from Charlie Chaplin, that sees his homeless Tramp character wander unwittingly into a circus. On the run from the police he runs into the main tent and his antics avoiding the long arm of the law entertain the crowd more than the actual acts. So he gets employed as an entertainer but the promoter makes sure he never knows he's the star of the show, to pay him much less than he's worth. Along the way Chaplin falls for a girl in the circus but a new, flashier guy with a high wire act comes into town to steal her affections away.
It's a simple film, but beautifully told, with great physical comedy, and a very touching end that I was not expecting at all. Fantastic.
It is amazing how this 1928 silent film written and directed by Charlie Chaplin with Joseph Plunkett as an uncredited writer has everything you need for full entertainment. Wonderful cast includes Chaplin, Al Ernest Garcia, Merna Kennedy, Harry Crocker, George Davis and Henry Bergman.
The story of a funny tramp hired by the ringmaster of an impoverished circus was touching, funny and exciting. this was the film which was the most difficult experience in Chaplin's career. There was a studio fire, the death of Chaplin's mother, as well as Chaplin's bitter divorce from his second wife Lita Grey, and the Internal Revenue Service's claims of Chaplin's owed back taxes, all of which culminated in filming being stalled for eight months.…
"Bring out the funny man" and "He's my friend"
While I find "The Gold Rush" and "City Lights" to be his best work, "The Circus" might just be Chaplin's most laugh out loud. From the hostile horse to the adventures with a lion to simply Chaplin randomly kicking people out of sheer joy, this movie is a delight. That isn't to say that it doesn't have the melancholy requisite for Chaplin film, in fact the last scene makes The Tramp's unrequited love quietly heartbreaking. 4.3/5
Here I go again, expressing more fascination and admiration for the life and career of the great Charlie Chaplin. I recently decided to take my first journey with him to The Circus, a setting that certainly could play to the comedic strengths of The Tramp and his brilliant handle of what was needed to make slapstick funny. It did just that, as all the usual laughs were present and accounted for and on a purely entertainment level, Chaplin did not disappoint yet again.
What is remarkable is what Chaplin went through off screen while The Circus was in production, proving that once the camera started rolling, he could flip the switch and transition from a painful existence to a charmed…
"I've run away from the circus." ~ Merna
Charlie Chaplin wrote, directed and starred in this silent B&W feature about life under the big top. He plays a wandering tramp who stumbles his way to stardom as a property man cum clown and falls for Merna (Merna Kennedy), the beautiful but much maligned step-daughter of the Ring Master (Al Ernest Garcia).
It's pretty much one slapstick scene after another from beginning to end, as the Tramp has run-ins with a pickpocket, the police, a mule, a troupe of clowns, the circus magician, a lion and a handsome new tightrope walker named Rex (Harry Crocker), who catches Merna's eye.
As is often the case, there's an air of melacholy surrounding Chaplin's…
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…
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!