THE CIRCUS
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.


THE KID
1921, Janus Films, 60 min, USA, Dir: Charles Chaplin

In his first film masterpiece, Charlie Chaplin’s Tramp, following his paternal instincts, takes a hapless, orphaned baby - "the Kid" - under his wing. Five years pass, and the tyke is now a precocious little boy (Jackie Coogan), helping his foster dad, the Tramp, in his "window-glass replacement" scam. But a confluence of events, including the Kid’s sudden illness, conspire to separate the two.


THE GOLD RUSH
1925, Janus Films, 72 min, USA, Dir: Charles Chaplin

Coming off his first major financial failure, A WOMAN OF PARIS, writer-director Charlie Chaplin responded with what many consider his finest feature-length film. The Lone Prospector (Chaplin) travels to the far-off Yukon in search of gold but ends up falling in love with dance-hall girl Georgia Hale. The classic "dance of the dinner rolls" and "boiled shoe leather" scenes show Chaplin’s gift for poignant comedy at its very best.


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