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Credited cast:
Lyubov Orlova ...
Evgeniya Melnikova ...
Rayechka, the director's daughter (as E. Melnikova)
Vladimir Volodin ...
Ludvig, circus director (as V. Volodin)
Sergei Stolyarov ...
Ivan Petrovich Martinov (as S. Stolyarov)
Pavel Massalsky ...
Kneishitz (as N. Massalskij)
Aleksandr Komissarov ...
Skamejkin (as A. Komissarov)
N. Otto ...
Chaplin
Jim Patterson ...
Jimmy, Marion's son (as Dzh. Patterson)
Fyodor Kurikhin ...
Captain Borneo, animal tamer (as F. Kurikhin)
Sergei Antimonov ...
Shprekhshtalmejster (as S. Antimonov)
Solomon Mikhoels ...
Cameo (as S. Mikhoels)
Pavel Geraga ...
Cameo (as P. Geraga)
Lev Sverdlin ...
Cameo (as L. Sverdlin)
Vladimir Kandelaki ...
Cameo (as V. Kandelaki)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Ross
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US - Vaudeville dancer Marion Dixon is with her German manager von Kneischitz on tour - in Moskau. Her act includes a gun shooting her to the trapeze, the stage director there wants a copy of this act for the USSR. She falls in love with a Soviet enginer, but von Kneischitz blackmails her with her dark spot in her life, she has a colored baby, to leave Moskau. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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In the scene where people sing a lullaby in various languages to the black child, the bit sung in Yiddish by Solomon Mikhoels was cut out of the film for distribution in the USSR, for a time when a state-backed anti-Semitism campaign was unleashed. See more »

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Great Soviet film by genius director Aleksandrov
29 January 2014 | by (Zagreb, Croatia) – See all my reviews

Grigori Aleksandrov co-directed some of the best films by Sergei Eisenstein, "Staroye i novoye", "Oktyabr" and "Que viva Mexico!". He was as much talented as Eisenstein, but with much more sense for genre movies, especially comedy. In his films he blended brave formal devices, a genre narration and a humor, and he did it with a great skill. "Tsirk" is an excellent example of Aleksandrov's style. The film is visually expressive, includes some typical modernistic devices, but with populist aim, some scenes are made in Busby Berkeley way, and so on. Also, "Tsirk" is a great propaganda movie and it tells the truth about American racism of those times, using this for glorification of Soviet Union as a tolerant and progressive society. (In fact, regarding racism, Soviet society of that time really was progressive in comparison with the United States.) Final scenes celebrates Lenin, Marx and Stalin in superb artistic way (a long double exposure is fascinating), and the film glorifies not only Soviet Union, but Soviet Russia, too. In fact, Soviet Russia is adored homeland in the film as a result of Stalin's Russian nationalism.


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