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, Chaplinâs Little Tramp flees into the ring of a traveling circus and soon becomes the star of the show, falling for the troupeâs bareback rider along the way. Despite its famously troubled production, this gag-packed comedy ranks among Chaplinâs finest, thanks to some of the most audacious set pieces of the director-performerâs 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 cinemaâs most popular entertainer at the peak of his comic powers.
New audio commentary featuring Charlie Chaplin biographer Jeffrey Vance
Interview with Charlie Chaplin from 1969
New interview with Chaplinâs son Eugene Chaplin
In the Service of the Story, a new program on the filmâs visual effects and production design by effects specialist Craig Barron
Chaplin Today: âThe Circus,â a 2003 documentary on the film, featuring filmmaker Emir Kusturica
Excerpted audio interview with Chaplin musical associate Eric James