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24 Aug | 21h - 23h30

The Circus

Part of the CINÉ PLEIN-AIR outdoor cinema programme

Charles Chaplin


For more than 20 summers, the Ciné Plein Air festival has been offering outdoor movies in some of Marseille’s most remarkable locations: the Levat convent, the Cité des Arts de la Rue, the rooftop of the MuCEM, Place Henri Verneuil the Theatre Silvain, the Frioul islands and many more… The movies are free of charge and every year more than 10 000 people take part in the event. The films are selected for their artistic quality and their ability to appeal to the general public. All films begin at nightfall. Families, friends, neighbours, or romantic couples are all welcome to come with there cushions and blankets to share a moment under the stars and to enjoy a film together.

Opening film: NOTES ON THE CIRCUS by Jonas Mekas (United States – 1966 – 15min)

Followed by:
The Circus by Charles Chaplin
United States – 1928 – 1h15 – Silent film
With Charles Chaplin, Al Ernest Garcia, Merna Kennedy…

The Tramp finds himself at a circus where he is promptly chased around by the police who think he is a pickpocket. Running into the Bigtop, he is an accidental sensation with his hilarious efforts to elude the police. The circus owner immediately hires him, but discovers that the Tramp cannot be funny on purpose, so he takes advantage of the situation by making the Tramp a janitor who just happens to always be in the Bigtop at showtime. Unaware of this exploitation, the Tramp falls for the owner’s lovely acrobatic stepdaughter, who is abused by her father. His chances seem good, until a dashing rival comes in and Charlie feels he has to compete with him. (

A film recommended by Nicolas Philibert for La Cinétek.



Ticket Info

Free Event

Tilt : 04 91 91 07 99

Practical Information


Access for people with reduced mobility. Personal belongings may be searched. Large bags, bicycles, animals, glass bottles, and alcoholic beverages are forbidden.

Practical information:
Picnics allowed, drinks available.

How to get there?
Place d’Armes via the Panier entrance (Parvis de l’église Saint-Laurent, esplanade de la Tourette)
13002 Marseille
Bus 49, 60, 82, 82S, 582 :  MuCEM St Jean stop / Stations LE VELO 2179; 2200

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