The Circus: The Chaplin Collection
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When we first meet Chaplin's Tramp in this comic gem, he's in typical straits: broke, hungry, destined to fall in love and just as sure to lose the girl. Mistaken for a pickpocket and pursued by a peace officer into a circus tent, the Tramp becomes a star when delighted patrons think his escape from John Law is an act. Classic highlights include a frenetic fun-house sequence, the Tramp turning a magic skit into mayhem and his teetering tightrope walk while monkeys cling to his head. This is comedy without a net!
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But I digress.
I enjoyed this film because it was fun to watch. Its got plenty of slapstick humor, a good story, and classic moments.
The story is simple. The Little Tramp is hanging around outside of a circus, trying to find a way to get something to eat. A pick pocket steals a man's wallet, and plants it on the tramp. Both men get chased through the hall of mirrors and the tramp ends up doing some unintended slapstick funniness under the big top while trying to elude the police. The mean circus owner loves the idea that the audience is laughing, and gives the tramp a job without telling him he is a hit. The tramp befriends and falls for the circus owner's daughter, a beautiful young trapeze artist who is being physically and emotionally abused by her father. When the girl falls in love with a young and handsome tightrope walker, the heart broken tramp is no longer funny during the show, and the circus owner threatens to fire him.
I am not going to tell you anymore about the story because I don't want to give too much away, but there are definitely some very funny bits in this movie that are worth the price of admission. The scene where the tramp is accidentally locked into a lion's cage is a classic Chaplin moment, and so is the tightrope walking scene where the tramp is up on the high wire and the hold back cable that is keeping him balanced breaks, and while he is fighting to maintain his balance, he has to deal with a group of uncooperative monkeys . I found this to be one of the most Keaton-esque stunts that Chaplin has ever done. It definitely sends the pulse racing.
The ending was something that was a bit disappointing. I understand why it had to end that way, but when I watch a comedy, I don't want to feel sad at the end. However, if you are going to sit through a Chaplin movie, you have to accept the fact that he is going to suck the emotion out of you one way or the other. It was his unique style of storytelling and film making, and for audiences of his day, it gave an emotional depth that was not readily seen in silent films, especially comedy.
Whether you like Chaplin's use of pathos or not, there is no denying that this is a highly entertaining film. I definitely recommend it.
GREAT QUALITY AND CAME FAST. SUCH A TRUE TO HEART ESSENCE LOVE STORY AND FULL OF COMEDY AND TRUE FELINGS OF LOVE. I LOVE THESE OLD MOVIES BRING US BACK TO BASICS WHEN NO VOICE ONLY FEELINGS AND GREAT ACTING PORTRAY THE MESSAGE