The Circus

Charlie Chaplin Mirror Maze Scene

The Circus was produced and directed by Charlie Chaplin in 1928. In this scene, the Tramp runs headlong into a fun house mirror maze to avoid capture by the police, after being mistaken for a pickpocket thief. The theme of faulty re-cognition, especially while under the spell of various forms of sensory derangement, is central to the Tramp character. In this film, the Tramp stumbled into being a successful circus performer. In Chaplin’s later film, City Lights (1931), the Tramp was mistaken for a wealthy man by two people, blinded in different ways, one naturally and the other by alcohol.

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