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Man on a Tightrope (1953)

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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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The Chief
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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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29 June 1953 (West Germany)  »

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

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Rudolph: [to Cernik] The curse of my life is that I'm a handsome man.
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Music by Gioachino Rossini
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How have I missed this one? Amazing cast, gritty photography, wonderful post-war realism. I was getting ready for work while watching and actually was 5 minutes late because I had to make sure that the circus made it across the border! Black and white cinematography was central to the depiction of the Soviet regime as gray and monolithic, even in the face of the beautiful Czech countryside (as portrayed by southern Germany). Frederic March was excellent, but the biggest surprise was Gloria Grahame. She was marvelous, portraying the circus manager's wife with more depth and complexity than in some of her other films. Kazan as director and Waxman as composer should not have been a surprise when I saw the complete credits. It is a thoroughly professional and subtle film. I hope to watch it again and catch the very beginning.


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