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Press Release Criterion Press Release: The Circus (Blu-ray)

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  1. Ronald Epstein

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    In the last film he made during the silent era, Charlie Chaplin revels in the art of the circus, paying tribute to the acrobats and pantomimists who inspired his virtuoso pratfalls. After being mistaken for a pickpocket, Chaplin’s Little Tramp flees into the ring of a traveling circus and soon becomes the star of the show, falling for the troupe’s bareback rider along the way. Despite its famously troubled production, this gag-packed comedy ranks among Chaplin’s finest, thanks to some of the most audacious set pieces of the director-performer’s career, including a close brush with a lion and a climactic tightrope walk with a barrelful of monkeys. Rereleased in 1969 with a new score by Chaplin, The Circus is an uproarious high-wire act that showcases silent cinema’s most popular entertainer at the peak of his comic powers.

    FILM INFO
    • Charles Chaplin
    • United States
    • 1928
    • 71 minutes
    • Black & White
    • 1.33:1
    • Silent
    • Spine #996

      SPECIAL FEATURES
      • New 4K digital restoration of Charlie Chaplin’s 1969 rerelease version of the film, featuring an original score by Chaplin, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
      • New audio commentary featuring Charlie Chaplin biographer Jeffrey Vance
      • Interview with Chaplin from 1969
      • New interview with Chaplin’s son Eugene Chaplin
      • In the Service of the Story, a new program on the film’s visual effects and production design by effects specialist Craig Barron
      • Chaplin Today: “The Circus,” a 2003 documentary on the film, featuring filmmaker Emir Kusturica
      • Excerpted audio interview with Chaplin musical associate Eric James
      • Unused café sequence with new score by composer Timothy Brock, and related outtakes with audio commentary by Chaplin historian Dan Kamin
      • Newly discovered outtakes featuring the Tramp and the bareback rider
      • Original recording of the film’s opening song, “Swing, Little Girl,” by Ken Barrie
      • Footage of the 1928 Hollywood premiere
      • Rerelease trailers
      • PLUS: An essay by critic Pamela Hutchinson
      New cover by Mark Chiarello

      September 24, 2019
     
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    Ronald Epstein

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    The price link below will take you directly to the product on Amazon. If you are using an adblocker you will not see link.

     
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    FINALLY!!! And look at all the bonus stuff!! Day one purchase for me for sure!!!
     
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    A dream come true. It's hard to contain my excitement over this announcement! It's been a long time coming.
     
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    This is starting to be a great summer.
     
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    This is the only classic Chaplin I haven’t seen. I’m looking forward to rectifying that in September.
     
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    Sooo looking forward!
     
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    Can someone explain what the 1969 version represents - is it lacking somehow from it's original 1928 release ?
     
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    If by “great” you also mean “expensive.” :)
     
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    I'm speechless .. :drum::banana::dancing-banana-04::dance::rock::dancing-banana-04::cheers::popcorn::wave-hello::welcome:

    You can thank me because I bought the Region B Artificial Eye collection from Amazon UK ;)...
     
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    Nice, I finally sold my Warner DVD copy just the other week. Perfect timing!
     
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    If anyone here doesn't think monkeys can be really funny, I have a great silent double-feature for you: This film with Chaplin, and THE KID BROTHER with Harold Lloyd. I haven't laughed so hard for a decade as I did watching the Lloyd film.
     
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    About bloody time!
     
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    I have seen most of his films but not this one. My local library system will get this when released and will check it out for sure.
     
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    For the most part not really. Unlike "The Gold Rush" and "The Kid," Chaplin didn't cut any material for this film's reissue. Once you get past the newly done main credits and Chaplin's "Swing, Little Girl" song, the film is editorially the same as what 1928 audiences saw.
     
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    ...to say nothing of Chaplin's excruciating narration in place of intertitles and the overuse of his description of himself in the movie as "The little fellow." Takes me right out of the film. I stick to the silent.
     
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    I’m so excited about this release I jhope st want to keep talking and talking about it. Lol

    Apparently, around 2010, news outlets were playing the footage from the premier saying it proved time travel. They said it showed a woman with a cell phone; turned out to be an old 1920s hearing aid!
     
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    The price link below will take you directly to the product on Amazon. If you are using an adblocker you will not see link.

     
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    Count yourself lucky then. Chaplin fully intended to give the same treatment to "The Circus" after the relative success of the reissue of "The Gold Rush." However, he never went through with it perhaps because he was distracted by several other things - "Monsieur Verdoux," meeting Oona, and his Maury situation all come to mind. He did commission composer Hanns Eisler to compose music for the film, but I don't think the work was finished. That would have made an interesting Criterion featurette though.
     
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    Is the full silent version still extant?

    are they including BOTH versions or just the 1969 version?
     

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