The Circus

Title: The Circus
Year: 1928
Length: 71 minutes
Director: Charles Chaplin
Writer: Charles Chaplin
Starring: Charles Chaplin
With: Al Ernest Garcia, Merna Kennedy, Harry Crocker, George Davis, Henry Bergman, Tiny Sandford, John Rand, Steve Murphy
Music: Charles Chaplin
Cinematography: Roland Totheroh
Editing: Charles Chaplin
Oscars: withdrawn nomination for Best Actor; honorary award for “versatility and genius”
I saw it: on video (rented from Greencine), a couple days ago
Synopsis: The Tramp joins the circus

My reaction
Concept:3/4 (Good)
Story:3/4 (Good)
Characters:3/4 (Good)
Dialog:2/4 (Indifferent)
Pacing:4/4 (Great)
Cinematography:2/4 (Indifferent)
Special effects/design:3/4 (Good)
Acting:4/4 (Great)
Music:2/4 (Indifferent)
Subjective Rating: 9/10 (One of my favorites, 4/4 (Great)). Easily Chaplin’s funniest movie. It’s on a different level of entertaining from any other silent film I’ve seen.
Objective Rating (Average):3/4 (Good)


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