U.S., 1928, 62 min, 35mm, Dir. Charlie Chaplin, Rated G, Janus Films
“Innovative and timeless.” – Aaron Hillis, Village Voice
When we first meet Charlie 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. At the first ever Academy Awards ceremony, Chaplin was honored with a special statuette for “versatility and genius in writing, acting, directing, and producing The Circus.” And, it went without saying, for again bringing laughter to packed movie palaces across America. Synopsis courtesy of MK2 and Warner Bros. Playing on a 35mm print struck in 2010.
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