Chaplin’s “The Circus” Tomorrow on TCM
Set your video recording devices! Tomorrow morning at 6am (Eastern) TCM is showing the Chaplin feature that tends to fall through the cracks, his 1928 The Circus. It is a beautiful film and a funny one, and by no means “worse” than those than came before or after. If anything it is perhaps too intellectually ambitious, even if its most famous set piece concerns Charlie on a tight rope with monkeys crawling all over him.
For more information on the history of silent and slapstick comedy past present and future, see Chain of Fools: Silent Comedy and Its Legacies from Nickelodeons to Youtube available at Bear Manor Media, and also through Amazon.com and wherever nutty books are sold.