(out of 5)
One of Charlie Chaplin‘s most endearing films, this was the first to earn him recognition from the Academy, garnering him nominations as Best Actor and Best Director. The Academy later decided to cancel his two nominations and award him a Special Achievement Award for his excellent work. It tells of a Little Tramp (of course) who breaks into the world of the Big Top when he falls in love with a bareback rider and becomes the hit of the show. His heart is broken, however, when she finds true romance with a hunky tightrope walker. Full of brilliant slapstick humour and finished off with the breathtaking bittersweet flavour that marked so much of the great comedian’s work.
Directed by Charles Chaplin
Screenplay by Charles Chaplin
Cinematography by Roland Totheroh
Produced by Charles Chaplin
Music by Charles Chaplin
Production Design by Charles D. Hall
Film Editing by Charles Chaplin
Special Award to Charles Chaplin, for acting, writing, directing and producing.