Charlie Chaplin Movie Analysis

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Charlie Chaplin broke boundaries with not just one of his films, but all of them. The Circus, released on January 6th, 1928, follows a tramp as he accidentally stumbles into a big top while avoiding the police and ends up distracting and simultaneously entertaining the crowd. By doing so, he ends up getting a job offer to join their show and that is where the antics truly begin. This was the work of Charlie’s that won him his first Academy Award. Chaplin does a fabulous job directing this film and portraying the character that we have seen before, but love. His witty yet constructive persona that he has created for himself shines like no other. He created the most organic and impactful comedic traits in this film and it is as easy as breathing to watch him be in this film as well. Even though this film immensely boosted his career, it was not mentioned in his extensive autobiography. Simply put, this was a film he wanted to forget, but why? It turns out that the real reason Chaplin was prepared to put the filming of The Circus behind me had nothing to do…show more content…
There is a scene in the movie after the first performance that specifically shows them all backstage, and they all appear sad or defeated. Chaplin did a great job foreshadowing their troubles here because this was before he arrived and livened up the show. In the beginning of the film, there is a scene where the ringmaster confronts his stepdaughter about missing a hoop in one of the routines. You can visually interpret that he is not thrilled about it and continues to get closer to her, ending up in hitting her. On top of hitting her, he said that she would have to go to bed without dinner that night. This aggression is a representation of child abuse, which was one of the many invisible crimes that were starting to cause issues in that
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