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.
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.
"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 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…
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…
The Circus is my second Charlie Chaplin film after the excellent City Lights. This is similarly light on plot and heavy on Chaplin's silly antics, but I found this one a bit darker and more human than the light-hearted romance of City Lights. I giggled like mad, my heart strings were pulled, and brought the june challenge to a close with a huge smile on my face.
Out of all of Charlie Chaplin’s now famous films starring his iconic Tramp character, it is probably fair to state that The Circus is the least discussed, the most insignificant and the most obscured film of his silent era. A classic comedy and a heartwarming romance that consistently entertains for its relatively short runtime, The Circus is arguably Chaplin at his most consistently funny and entertaining. A less impressive concept than some of his other films and less emotionally centered but driven more so by the clever slapstick humour, The Circus unfortunately does not get its due praise.
After being wrongly accused of pickpocketing a stranger, The Tramp is relentlessly chased by a policeman until he accidentally stumbles upon a…
The scenes of The Tramp doing his signature slapstick are absolutely brilliant (Especially the incredibly shot scenes in the maze of mirrors.) In contrast, the scenes of The Tramp trying to impress the girl are rather lackluster. Sadly the lackluster scenes make up most of this movie final third leading to a movie that is good when it should have been great.
On a side note whoever thought of combining the Tramp character with a circus setting is an absolute genius.
The Circus may not be a masterpiece, but this Charles Chaplin movie is really funny, charming, and fantastic nonetheless. In general, it features less elaborate gags compared to other films of his (except for the amazing tightrope sequence near the end), but throughout its 70-minute runtime, almost every scene was very amusing. The ending was beautifully perfect.
The end of an era as this is Chaplin's last silent film. Once again, Chaplin shines in this film. Love the lion cage scene. I don't know if Chaplin knew this was his last silent film, but the ending of this movie kind of seems like he had an idea.
Averaged Score: 5.4
An enjoyable performance by Chaplin and some laugh out loud moments. It doesn't hold up well obviously and lacks a memorable story.
The Circus is not among Charlie Chaplin's most revered works and it's easy to see why. It lacks the emotional story of City Lights, the social themes of Modern Times, and the political bravery of The Great Dictator. And yet, this is, by far, one of my absolute favourite Chaplin films, second only to Modern Times. True, the story here is simple and it isn't a particularly complex work, but the beauty lies in the execution. The amount of great gags here is very high, and almost all of them are excellent. Highlights include the opening chase, the mirror room, the automaton scene, Chaplin's circus performances, the lion cage, and the final tight rope walk. As far as humour goes,…
El bien socorrido slapstick elevado a calidad más que en cantidad, en una narrativa fluida y de situaciones cómica con el consabido final agridulce del vagabundo que no acepta compromisos, con miras de seguir adelante en sus desventuras y aciertos.
Delicia que no puede soslayarse cuando hay oportunidad de re-encontrase con ella en la gran pantalla.
Quite a good film and deserving of more attention than it gets. It's a standard Tramp set up with a series of gags, like you expect in Chaplin's short films, but with the canny editing and attention to story of his masterpieces. Among my favorite segments has the circus clowns teaching the Tramp some standard vaudeville routines which the Tramp unintentionally escalates through innocent error. A brilliant way to utilize and improve on the old vaudeville bits which had by this time been done to death in the early silent films.
a fresh and funny movie that delivers many many laughs in many many memorable scenes and sequences that are great to watch.
The Tramp is a hit! Watch Chaplin charm the crowds of a big top circus, showing up the efforts of clowns, lion tamers, and high wire acts! A brilliant man.
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- 25th Hour
- 3 Women
- My Neighbor Totoro
- Grave of the Fireflies
- Final Cut - Ladies & Gentlemen
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Great 60-90 min films (for those days when you just don't have the energy to watch a 3 hour masterpiece)
Don't the title of the list explain it well enough? This is a list of 200+ quality "short" films. Easy…
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Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!