I've mentioned before that Big Sis is my silent movie buddy. For the past three years, she's joined me at the Kansas Silent Film Festival in Topeka. The second year, the hubby and Little Sis came along, but Little Sis wasn't in the mood to sit through a bunch of old movies, and they wound up having to leave the concert hall. One of the movies they missed that year was Charlie Chaplin's The Circus.
The Circus was released in 1928, and was a difficult production for Chaplin. It was made between the better-known The Gold Rush (1925) and City Lights (1931), and isn't mentioned often on lists of Chaplin's best work. However, for sheer laughs and entertainment, it's hard to beat The Circus. It's light on pathos and sentimentality, and it's a fabulous introduction to silent comedy for kids. Turner Classic Movies even featured it on their Essentials, Jr. series this summer.
Big Sis was beside herself with excitement when, upon returning home from the festival, I showed her how we already owned The Circus. It's on one of the Chaplin featured film boxed sets I own. She was able to show it to Little Sis one day, who ended up enjoying it after all.
And the scene in the thumbnail of the video, with the lion? THE BEST.
In fact, let's just add that scene to this post by itself. Even if you don't watch the whole movie, this scene is fabulous!