Saturday, October 2, 2010

Review – The Circus

Charlie Chaplin made two somewhat-silent movies after the rest of the world had moved on to sound, but this 1928 production is his last picture of the silent era. It has all the usual elements: the little fellow, the love interest who prefers someone else, the cruel boss, and of course endless opportunities for the physical comedy for which Chaplin had such an immense genius. This time around our hero blunders into a job at the title location, falls in love with the boss’s daughter, gets chased by a mule, ruins everyone else’s acts, and ends up the star of the show. Though The Gold Rush and Modern Times outshine it, this production is still better than most everything else out there. Buy the disc

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