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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…
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 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…
"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…
DANG IT CHARLIE CHAPLIN!!
Seriously, this is so similar to his other films, there are so many of the same things, yet I can't help but love it!!!
I know I say this in all my other Charlie Chaplin filn reviews (and I know I've said THAT before), but this film made me grin from ear to ear, due to it's incredible acting, and situational humor.
I do have to say that the ending was very different from the rest of his filmography; it took on quite a different tone.
It's clear that Chaplin has inspired so many filmakers through time, since most of the things that happen in his films are now considered "cliche" in romantic comedies today.
I'm surprised that this isn't as known as some of the other Chaplin classics. It's certainly just as funny as his others of the era, and the circus setting provides endless Tramp material.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I'm in utter disbelief at the fact that the first time I watched this film, I barely liked it. My only conclusion would be that I saw it at the wrong time, as it's taxing for me to uncover its blemishes. The tight rope scene stalls a bit, and...um...well that's all.
A feeling of sheer and absolute elation overwhelms me whenever I set my eyes upon that (unreasonably) hoity-toity, jealous, hopeful, and altruistic little tramp. And my heart, it shatters the moment I see him in pain; when I see him constrained, watching the dropped-from-heaven sole bright spot of his life, being taken from him; or when he cowers away, out of fear of being seen for what he actually…
The Tramp (Charlie Chaplin) joins a circus, becomes the star attraction, and falls in love with the circus owner’s daughter who loves the tightrope walker.
Lots of Chaplin-style comedy and a touch of Chaplin-style pathos.
Not one of Chaplin’s greatest films, but very good.
Ugghh!!! Chaplin is the friggin' best! I want to be him.
I can't say I've seen the majority of his filmography, but to those who doubt the timelessness of his films, predominantly from the 'teens, twenties, and thirties, and the longevity of his comedy, this is a perfect movie to show them.
I'm astounded by the amount of clever gags in this movie. The first ten minutes contribute almost nothing to the plot, but are some of the most ingenious comedy routines I've beheld.
It's hard to pick favorite parts, since they make the most of essentially every frame of film. Any time an animal is on screen, it's a treat. And one particular highlight worth mentioning is Chaplin's tightrope…
I watched some of Chaplin's movies when I was a kid and never found any of them remotely funny. I think the combination of b/w and silent movie doesn't appeal to most kids.
Today I feel different - live and learn I guess. I have to get my hands on some more of his movies.
The romantic subplot was kinda thin (and lame) though.
Flawless. Makes you wonder if take whole conversion to talkies was a mistake.
Chaplin and I have a love/hate relationship. Well, hate is a strong word, and it's not entirely accurate, so we'll say we have a love/annoyed relationship. At their best, I find Chaplin's films pure poetic magic, with a healthy dollop of his brand of humanist slapstick. At their worst, I find them incredibly irritating in his "oh look how cute I am" schtick. The Circus, fortunately, falls in the former camp.
Running at a brisk 71 minutes, the film is almost pure comedy, and yet, Chaplin's humanism shines through in the battered acrobat (Merna Kennedy) and in the quietly sad ending. All of the Tramp's adventures on a tight rope or in a lion's cage or, my personal favorite, being…
You have to love what Charlie Chaplin can do without words
This is what happens when your car breaks down on a Sunday morning and you have nothing else to do…
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