THE CIRCUS, 1928, Janus Films, 71 min. The Little Tramp goes from being a circus loiterer who steals hotdogs 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.
Plus, the short: "A Dog's Life," (1918, Janus Films, 40 min). A literal expression of Chaplin's identification with the underdog.