"They named a brandy after Napoleon, they made a herring out of Bismarck,and Hitler is going to end up as a piece of cheese."



Chaplin's The Circus (Der Zirkus) USA, 1928,. R: Charles Chaplin mit Charles Chaplin, Allan Garcia, Merna Kennedy, 70 Min, OV

Begleitet vom Babylon Orchester Berlin unter der Leitung von Stefanos Tsialis

Der Tramp wird irrtümlicherweise für einen Taschendieb gehalten und von der Polizei gejagt. Dabei landet er zufällig in einem Zirkus, wo das Publikum den Auftritt für eine gelungene Nummer hält und ihn stürmisch feiert. Prompt wird er vom Zirkusdirektor engagiert. Als der Tramp, der nicht auf Kommando komisch sein kann, sich in die Tochter des Prinzipals verliebt, beginnen die Herausforderungen.



The Little Tramp is hired by a circus and soon becomes the main attraction when his comedic blunders drive the crowd wild. Having fallen in love with the ringmaster’s daughter, he doesn’t even realize he’s the show’s main feature. In this high-flying comedy, we are quickly caught up in Chaplin’s whirlwind of gags, where even the acrobats and clowns watch his show-stopping stunts from the sidelines.


From Charlie Chaplin official:

The Tramp wanders into a circus carnival, and finds himself embroiled with a pickpocket and the police, in a funhouse and a hall of mirrors. Evading his pursuers, he rushes into the circus ring, and wrecks the performance of an illusionist - to the delight of the audience.

The circus is in financial difficulties, and the proprietor sees a hope of salvation in this new clown. The only problem is that he is only funny when he does not intend to be. Thus, quite unconsciously, he becomes the comedy star of the show. Soon he falls in love with a beautiful young bareback rider, the ill-treated daughter of the circus proprietor.

The romance prospers, despite the Tramp’s encounters with a lion and other hazards of the circus until the appearance of a rival, the handsome new tightrope artist, Rex. The Tramp’s attempts to compete, both in romance and on the tightrope, end in catastrophe. The circus moves on, leaving the Tramp alone on the scarred ring of grass which is all that remains of the show.




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