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A King in New York


The Circus
Image courtesy of Janus Films

A King in New York

The Circus

Retrospective: Charlie Chaplin

Charlie Chaplin's singular blend of slapstick, pathos, and social satire made him one of the greatest artists the cinema has ever produced. His iconic Tramp, perhaps the most recognizable character in film's history, has delighted generations of moviegoers in every corner of the world since he first appeared on screen in 1914. This 17-film series is a wonderful opportunity to experience Chaplin's timeless artistry on the big screen in gorgeous new 35mm prints.


Many classic films are just as powerful today as when they were first released. We add such films from many genres to our schedule throughout the season. Many are shown on the occasion of their rereleases, in fresh, new or restored prints.

Thu, May 12, 2011 7 PM

One of Chaplin's last two films, A King in New York, which features his final staring role, joins the hilarious classic The Circus for this screening.

A King in New York was shot in Britian, since Chaplin was barred from reentering the U.S. He plays an impoverished monarch trying to get back on his feet in Manhattan. A scathing portrait of American culture, targeting everything from the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) to Cinemascope to rock 'n' roll, the film was not released in the U.S. until the 1970s. (110 mins., 35mm)

A hit at this year's Zoom Family Film Festival, The Circus follows the Tramp as he becomes a big top star after his dash from the law is mistaken for a hilarious routine. (72 mins., 35mm) The Circus begins at 9 PM.

Prints courtesy of Janus Films.

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Enjoy 25% off purchases and complimentary gift-wrapping in the Wexner Center Store, a free film screening, an exclusive gallery tour, and more during Member Appreciation Days, coming up December 3–6.

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