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The Circus

  • Film

Time Out says

Capable of portraying both older women and gamines, Soviet icon Orlova plays one of the former in The Circus, in which she stars as a traveling American cannonball artist who’s secretly mothered a black child. Her visit to Russia becomes a romantic comedy of errors; after a Busby Berkeleyesque circus number with juggled torches, the movie ends by affirming that the USSR loves all children. Cut to footage of the cast marching with Lenin flags and Stalin banners—a burst of overt propaganda all the more jarring given the context that precedes it.
Written by Ben Kenigsberg

Cast and crew

  • Director:Grigori Aleksandrov
  • Cast:
    • Lyubov Orlova
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