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on August 13, 1999
"The Circus" is a decidedly strange effort from Charlie Chaplin. His last silent film focuses on the aspect of a clown's success and failure -- a theme that worked to better advantage in Chaplin's "Limelight." There are a few highlights, particularly the classic funhouse chase, yet the overall movie seems forced and a bit too melodramatic. No wonder Chaplin kept "The Circus" out of circulation for more than 40 years -- he knew it was lacking. The same goes for the accompanying two-reeler, "A Day's Pleasure," which is one of the Chaplin's weakest shorts and a significant comedown from his groundbreaking work at Mutual. In retrospect, neither film shows Chaplin at his absolute best.
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on April 30, 2000
The Circus is like many of Chaplin's comedies they start off hilarious but once they get towards the middle they get boring. He just does the same thing over and over again. I suggest you dont buy a Chaplin movie, just wait until his movies are on a classic film channel, like TCM.
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on May 14, 1999
Well, THE CIRCUS lacks the inventive hilarity of THE GOLD RUSH and the poignant finale of CITY LIGHTS, but it has so many moments of captivating lunacy, with everything from inspired originals that has been copied by everyone including THE THREE STOOGES.
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