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The Circus

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Genres: Comedy, Romance
Starring: Charles Chaplin, Merna Kennedy, Al Ernest Garcia
Director: Charles Chaplin
Plot Synopsis:

In the last film he made during the silent era, Charlie Chaplin revels in the art of the circus, paying tribute to the acrobats and pantomimists who inspired his virtuoso pratfalls. After being mistaken for a pickpocket, Chaplin’s Little Tramp flees into the ring of a traveling circus and soon becomes the star of the show, falling for the troupe’s bareback rider along the way. Despite its famously troubled production, this gag-packed comedy ranks among Chaplin’s finest, thanks to some of the most audacious set pieces of the director-performer’s career, including a close brush with a lion and a climactic tightrope walk with a barrelful of monkeys. Rereleased in 1969 with a new score by Chaplin, The Circus is an uproarious high-wire act that showcases silent cinema’s most popular entertainer at the peak of his comic powers.

  • Release Details
    Release Date: September 24th, 2019
    Movie Release Year: 1928
    Release Country: United States
    Movie Studio: Criterion
  • Technical Specs
    Length:71 Minutes
    Specs:Blu-ray
    Video Resolution/Codec:1080p/AVC MPEG-4
    Aspect Ratio(s):1.33:1
    Audio Formats:LPCM Mono
    Special Features:New audio commentary featuring Charlie Chaplin biographer Jeffrey Vance
    Interview with Chaplin from 1969
    New interview with Chaplin’s son Eugene Chaplin
    In the Service of the Story, a new program on the film’s visual effects and production design by effects specialist Craig Barron
    Chaplin Today: “The Circus,” a 2003 documentary on the film, featuring filmmaker Emir Kusturica
    Excerpted audio interview with Chaplin musical associate Eric James
    Unused café sequence with new score by composer Timothy Brock, and related outtakes with audio commentary by Chaplin historian Dan Kamin
    Newly discovered outtakes featuring the Tramp and the bareback rider
    Original recording of the film’s opening song, “Swing, Little Girl,” by Ken Barrie
    Footage of the 1928 Hollywood premiere
    Rerelease trailers
    PLUS: An essay by critic Pamela Hutchinson