In the last film he made during the silent era, Charlie Chaplin celebrates the art of the circus, paying tribute to the acrobats, clowns and pantomime artists who inspired his immortal on-screen performances.
Shown in a new 2019 digital restoration of Chaplin’s 1969 re-release, and featuring his own original 1968 score.
"The Circus" premiered in New York City on January 6, 1928, and in Los Angeles -- Grauman's Chinese Theatre -- three weeks later. The review in Variety, published January 11, 1928, praised the film.
"For the picture patrons, all of them, and for broad, laughable fun - Chaplin's best. It's Charlie Chaplin's best fun maker for other reasons: because it is the best straightaway story he has employed for broad film making, and because here his fun stuff is nearly all entirely creative or original in the major point."