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)


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