1928, Janus Films, 71 min, USA, Dir: Charles Chaplin

The Little Tramp goes from being a circus loiterer who steals hot dogs from babies to an accidental clown in this delightful riot by comedic genius Charlie Chaplin. Don't be fooled by the freewheeling slapstick throughout - the final shot evokes the heart-tugging yet adorable melancholia that makes the Tramp one of cinema's most enduring characters.

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