This is what happens when your car breaks down on a Sunday morning and you have nothing else to do…
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…
"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…
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…
One of the beauties of Charlie Chaplin’s Tramp films is that the Tramp always calls on us to recognize him from his other films: the audience doesn’t respond to the character in the isolation of the film we are watching, but as part of their greater experience of Charlie Chaplin films. A specific film is just one moment of the fictional character’s life. The films have no boundaries, emotional and intellectual responses are constantly created by our placing the character into the broader context. But this also means that the films often lack a central focus: themes or character aren’t developed within the work, our attention continually being pulled to the broader Chaplin world. The beauty of The Circus is…
Film #13 for my 20 films from the 1920s challenge
Ah, the poor Tramp. Perhaps cinema's first loveable loser in life and in love. You gotta admire how he picks himself up again every time though. This is a pretty good Chaplin film with an especially good ending. I chuckled a couple of times, but I wouldn't consider this one of his funniest.
Best chaplin comedy, so far. Puppet act and mirror,rope scenes are best
2nd best Chaplin so far IMHO, love the ending
Film #4 of the May 2016 Scavenger Hunt
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The Circus is another great film by Charles Chaplin. He is playing the classic tramp character as he gets pulled into working for a circus. There were many great sequences including the opening sequence as he evades the cops who suspect him of stealing a wallet. I also enjoyed the sequence when they try the tramp out in some of the standard clown routines. This is not at quite the same level as the Chaplin masterpieces of City Lights, Gold Rush, etc., but is a very solid film.
Chaplin is meaner and hungrier in this, and I'd like to think it paved the way for a certain Hitler satire.
The final shots are so good I think the blood rushed to my head and knocked me out. I woke up an hour later in a sweat in a part of town I had never been. A sign saying "Circus - Next Week" stood above me. In my fugue state, I knew.
Falls off a little bit in the middle, especially after the opening chase scene (that tracking shot is marvellous) and ESPECIALLY after Charlie Chaplin is locked up in a cage with a fucking LION - what I assume this movie is remembered for.
Here however, the relationship between the tramp and the main actress is tweaked wonderfully (a love not exclusive) and it doesn't particularly wallow or moralise. A movie of sufficient boom and busting up, fitting for one about a group of entertainers.
The gateway to silent cinema for juggalos.
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