Movie 'The Circus'

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Charlie, a wandering tramp, becomes a circus handyman and falls in love with the circus owner's daughter. Unaware of Charlie's affection, the girl falls in love with a handsome young performer. Charlie's versatility makes him star of the show when he substitutes for an ailing tightwire walker. He is discharged from the company when he protects the girl from her father's abuse, but he returns and appeals to the handsome performer to marry the girl. After the wedding the father prevails upon them to rejoin the circus. Charlie is hired again, but he stays behind when the caravan moves on.

United States of America English

  • a.k.a. Charlie Chaplin - The Circus

Germany German (Deutsch)

Der Circus

Auf einem Rummelplatz wird Charlie wegen eines Taschendiebstahls, den ein anderer begangen hat, von der Polizei gejagt. Er flüchtet sich in ein Zirkuszelt, wo er mitten in die Vorstellung gerät und unfreiwillig Heiterkeit erzeugt. Er wird vom Zirkusdirektor als Clown angestellt, wegen Unfähigkeit sofort wieder entlassen, aber schließlich als ungeschickter Kulissenschieber doch noch eine Lachattraktion. Von der schönen Kunstreiterin, einer Stieftochter des Direktors erfährt er, wie sehr das Publikum ihn liebt und wie sehr er ausgebeutet wird. Er verliebt sich in sie und bemüht sich, sie vor den Rohheiten des Direktors zu schützen. Als sie sich ihrerseits in Rex, den König der Lüfte, verliebt, versucht er, den Rivalen auszustechen, indem er selbst auf das Hochseil geht...

France French (Français)

Le cirque
  • a.k.a. Le cirque

Charlot, pris pour un pickpocket, se réfugie dans un cirque et déboule sur la piste en plein spectacle. Son arrivée fait rire le public et le directeur l'engage aussitôt comme clown. Charlot devient amoureux de l'écuyère mais son rival le fait renvoyer.

Italy Italian (Italiano)

Il circo

Disoccupato, inseguito da un poliziotto, Charlot trova rifugio e lavoro in un circo come clown (involontario) e s'innamora della cavallerizza. Pur nella ricchezza delle invenzioni comiche (Charlot sulla corda, assalito dalle scimmie; il baraccone degli specchi, ecc.), appare un riepilogo di motivi già sfruttati, ma approfondisce con tristezza struggente la dimensione sentimentale del suo personaggio di reietto. ("Un debole omino calpestato/ da Los Angeles a qui/ recita attraverso gli oceani..." V. Majakovskij.) Quando, però, il film che lo stesso autore non teneva tra i suoi più riusciti ritornò in circolazione negli anni '60, in una nuova edizione musicata dallo stesso Chaplin, esso incantò un'altra generazione di spettatori. Non a caso Federico Fellini lo adorava.

Release Date
Runtime
Keywords
black and white
charlie chaplin
circus
employer employee relationship
silent film
Genres
Comedy
Romance
Languages
English
No Language
Production Countries
flag of United States of America United States of America
Production Companies
Charles Chaplin Productions
Release Dates
United States of America Theatrical G
Germany TV TV premiere
France Theatrical re-release
Ratings
TMDb 81% · 273 (more information on website)
IMDb 81% · 23,055 (more information on website)
Rotten Tomatoes® 95% (more information on website)
metacritic 90% (more information on website)

Cast

CharacterPerson
A TrampCharlie Chaplin
The Circus Proprietor and Ring MasterAl Ernest Garcia
His Step-daughter, A Circus RiderMerna Kennedy
Rex, A Tight Rope Walker / Disgruntled Property Man / ClownHarry Crocker
A MagicianGeorge Davis
An Old ClownHenry Bergman
The Head Property ManTiny Sandford
An Assistant Property Man / ClownJohn Rand
A PickpocketSteve Murphy

Crew

DepartmentJobPerson
CameraDirector of PhotographyRoland Totheroh
DirectingDirectorCharlie Chaplin
EditingEditorCharlie Chaplin
ProductionProducerCharlie Chaplin
SoundMusicCharlie Chaplin
SongsCharlie Chaplin