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…
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…
"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…
The Circus (1928) ****
A charming comedy full of good humor as well as being an insightful look at show business. Chaplin's last true silent film.
Easily the weakest film I've seen by Chaplin. However, it's still a fun ride and give us laughs. The Circus is often compared to The Gold Rush on humor levels, but The Gold Rush exceeds much more. Still, any Chaplin fan should watch The Circus, it's a fun time. A tad dragged out, but fun.
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It surprises me that it took me so long to see any of Charlie Chaplin's movies. I don't think I had seen any Charlie Chaplin movies until this year and I think I fell in love with his comedy. I have a hard time imagining not liking this movie. I have to say even the opening song cheered me up. I laughed pretty much the whole way through this movie. There are some serious scenes but even they are peppered in between hilarious scenes. I loved the preparing for a circus scene and all the circus scenes as well. I can't wait to see more Charlie Chaplin movies.
A regular Pixar ending.
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There are a couple of great sequences in The Circus - the lion cage and the tightrope walk. Classic.
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.
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!