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…
Remains one of my favorite Chaplins. His comic timing is superb and his ability to say so much with the slightest expression remains unparalleled.
Really funny throughout, especially near the beginning.
Minor Chaplin, but even minor Chaplin has a wealth of wonderful beats and moments. The intro to the Little Tramp here in particularly is wonderfully paced and choreographed, from the pickpocket misunderstanding to the final escape into the circus that kickstarts the plot. And the ending is one of the most melancholy of Chaplin's whole career, and that's saying something.
Written and directed by star Charlie Chaplin this film also features Al Ernest Garcia, Merna Kennedy and Harry Crocker. You know who visits the circus with predictably silly results.
While the plot of this film is fairly simple there is more than an element of it that reflects Chaplin's own career with the contemporary coming of sound threatening to leave him behind like the circus does his character at the end of the film. Using a circus as a back drop is a great choice and provides endless material for the slapstick comedy of which the star is best known. As with any Chaplin film it is funny through out and has a lasting quality.
Brutal disfrutar del circo de Charlot proyectada en 35 mm (copia casi impecable), y comprobar como su triste final (Charlot deja a su amada irse con el galán de turno) cala más hondo de lo que tú creías en los más pequeños
This is my first Charlie Chapin film, and I can already tell that Chaplin is undoubtedly a master of entertainment, capable of enormous heart, laughs, and a surprising amount of depth.
The Circus finds Chaplin's notorious Little Tramp wandering upon a downtrodden circus, where by humorous circumstances he becomes the hit of the show and wishes to win the hand of the Ringmaster's daughter.
Chaplin expertly uses the setting of a circus to full effect here, delightfully finding sources of humour among the spectacle and creating a charming fantasy-like atmosphere, where dreams, hope, disappointment, and joy are found under the big top,
Also very notable is the amount of unexpected depth in The Circus, Chaplin delightfully uses themes of love,…
Stellenweise unglaubliche Körperbeherrschung von Chaplin. Gerade die Szene mit den Animatronik-Puppen, das Spiegelkabinett oder das große Hochseil-Finale. Darüber hinaus eine wundervolle Liebesgeschichte. Genau die richtige Mischung aus Melancholie und Albernheit. Und die letzte Einstellung ist einfach nur herzzerreißend.
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.
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Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!