Skip to main content
Classics and discoveries from around the world, thematically programmed with special features, on a streaming service brought to you by the Criterion Collection.
Directed by Charles Chaplin • 1928 • United States
Virtually a lost Chaplin film for half-a-century -- despite getting him an Oscar in 1928 -- The Circus was also the last of the movie legend's light efforts, with no higher purpose to its comedy than to make people laugh often and hard. A little tramp (Charlie Chaplin) accidentally falls in with a down-on-its-luck circus and his acrobatic and comedic skills start drawing audiences to the big-top in droves, but not without a bittersweet brush with romance for the gentle clown.