The Circus

  • Dir: Charles Chaplin

  • USA, 1928, Silent, 72mins, DCP

  • Cast: Charles Chaplin, Merna Kennedy, Allan Garcia, Harry Crocker

The Circus was a tumultuous affair, from a scratched negative to an on-set fire, and Chaplin’s chaotic divorce from Lita Grey, all threatening to halt production. But on screen, it was business as usual for the Little Tramp, who, mistaken for a pickpocket, hides out at the circus. The ringmaster hires him as a clown, only for our diminutive hero to fall for his employer’s step-daughter. Chaplin’s efforts earned him a special Academy Award, for his “versatility and genius in acting, writing, directing and producing”.

Academy Awards: Honorary Award


    In-theatre Screening

    • 2021-01-02 (Sat)
      2021-01-10 (Sun)


    1. Screenings at Emperor Cinemas iSQUARE, Emperor Cinemas Times Square and PREMIERE Elements : tickets are available at URBTIX till 5pm one day before respective screening, after which tickets will be available only at the box office of the respective venue on the day of screening, subject to availability.

    2. Screenings at HK Arts Centre and M+ Cinema : tickets are available at URBTIX outlets until one hour before the screening, after which tickets are available at URBTIX website and mobile app. On-the-day tickets will also be available at the Self-service Ticketing Kiosk of the respective venue, subject to availability.

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