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Czech circus owner-Clown and his entire troupe employ a daring stratagem in order to escape en masse from behind the iron curtain.

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Karel Cernik
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Tereza Cernik
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Zama Cernik
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Joe Vosdek
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Fesker
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Barovic
Alexander D'Arcy ...
Rudolph (as Alex D'Arcy)
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Krofta
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Konradin
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Jaremir
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Czech circus owner-Clown and his entire troupe employ a daring stratagem in order to escape en masse from behind the iron curtain.

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circus | communism

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Release Date:

29 June 1953 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Salto mortale  »

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Marlene Dietrich turned down the role that eventually went to Gloria Grahame. See more »

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When Fredric March is being interrogated, the inkwell in front of him is uncovered, when the camera switches between him & his interrogator, the inkwell's cover is on. See more »

Quotes

Rudolph: [to Cernik] The curse of my life is that I'm a handsome man.
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Referenced in American Masters: None Without Sin (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Women Are Not Like Angels
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Music by Franz Waxman
Sung by Gloria Grahame
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Why isn't this movie considered a classic?
15 November 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a really fine movie, with some marvelous subtlety and powerful metaphor, despite the fact it shows its age. Great editing, good script, some superb scenes. I can't understand why it is not more widely known and appreciated. The Cold War is simply the setting; the unprepossessing story means far more.

For those who might be interested, this was the favorite movie of American poet Richard Hugo (1923-1982), who wrote several pages about it in his posthumously published 1986 autobiography, The Real West Marginal Way. A couple of Hugo's comments:

"The border becomes a kind of symbolic line separating the will from the imagination, the world of serious organizational adult responsibility from the paradise of childhood play."

"More than anything else, the music {of the amateurish circus musicians} attests to the poor odds facing not only the tacky circus but humanity itself."


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