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Parade (1974)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Family | TV Movie 18 December 1974
Two children go behind the scenes of a small circus.

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Circus performer
Karl Kossmayer ...
Circus Performer
Pierre Bramma ...
Circus performer (as Bramma)
Michèle Brabo ...
(as Michele Brabo)
Pia Colombo ...
Circus performer
Johnny Lonn ...
Circus performer
Bertilo ...
Circus performer
Jan Swahn ...
Circus performer
Bertil Berglund ...
Circus performer
Moniqa Sunnerberg ...
Circus performer
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Norman and Ladd Hall ...
Circus performers (as Hall Norman and Ladd)
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Two children go behind the scenes of a small circus.

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Comedy | Family

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18 December 1974 (France)  »

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Gösteri Dünyasindan  »

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Plot less Swansong of a Great Director
8 January 2014 | by (London) – See all my reviews

PARADE is basically the presentation of a circus performance, in which artistes interact with the audience in a series of set pieces - juggling acts, tightrope walks, clowning, balloon fights, plus one or two routines in which Tati demonstrates his remarkable talent for mime. The film's artificialities are evident: we see cardboard cutouts of members of the audience among live-action actors, while the performers sometimes talk to inanimate objects. Tati's purpose, although not overtly stated, seems to be to show how life is like a circus, with all of us indulging in a series of ritualized actions which, although meaningful in themselves, can also be considered absurd. This is definitely true of some of his set-pieces - for example the very funny routine where he imitates a boxer going into a championship bout. However, a series of routines do not necessarily make for an entertaining film: some of the performances involving actors other than Tati are distinctly second- rate, while the audience - when Tati's camera shows them in close-up - sometimes look thoroughly bored with the proceedings, despite the enthusiastic applause on the soundtrack. Judged by his previous oeuvre, PARADE is sadly a very second-rate piece: one feels sad that the great director could not have bowed out on a more positive note.


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