The Circus

The Circus

The Circus

Charlie Chaplin's underrated 1928 comedy in which a ringmaster of a struggling circus hires the Little Tramp as a clown. The Circus would end up the 7th highest grossing silent film ever, despite a notoriously difficult production (which included a fire, a divorce and the IRS).

Honorary Award winner at the 1929 Academy Awards
1928Rating: G70 minsUSA
ComedyClassic
Director:
Charles Chaplin ('Modern Times', 'The Great Dictator', 'City Lights', 'The Gold Rush')
Writer:
Charles Chaplin
Cast:
Charles ChaplinMerna KennedyAl Ernest Garcia

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The Circus / Reviews

Variety

Variety

Chaplin's Circus for speed, gags and laughs has not been equalled on the sheet.

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Time Out

Time Out

Chaplin manages to work a miracle, exploiting the various circus activities to richly comic effect.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

Likely to please intensely those who found something slightly wanting in "The Gold Rush," but at the same time it will prove a little disappointing to those who revelled in the poetry, the pathos and fine humor of his previous adventure.

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