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Artistes at the Top of the Big Top: Disorientated

  • Film

Time Out says

Kluge's second feature is a brilliant marriage of abstract ideas and concrete images. The daughter of a trapeze artist dreams of revolutionising the circus, but comes up against reality in all its forms: the Moscow cultural chief, the capitalists who have the power but not the will to change, and her elephants - who after all remain circus elephants. Part political essay on utopia and how to achieve it, part fiction, part a 'mondo bizarro' of circus life, it's a real rarity. And, of course, it's part of the film's task to deal with such disorientating impossibilities. The circus performers - a man wrestling with a crocodile, the lion tamer, the elephants standing on their hands - would surely agree. DMacp.
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Release Details

  • Duration:103 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Alexander Kluge
  • Screenwriter:Alexander Kluge
  • Cast:
    • Hannelore Hoger
    • Siegfried Graue
    • Alfred Edel
    • Bern Holtz
    • Eva Pertel
    • Curd Jürgens
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