A period drama set in the early years of the 20th century. Josef, a former construction worker who delighted in dancing on girders high above the city, who now sweeps up at the circus. Once... See full summary »

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Cast

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James Thierrée ...
Josef (as James Thiérrée)
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Alice
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Lord Dempsey
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Nina
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Robert
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Roberto
Claudine Peters ...
Miss Julia
Carlos Pavlidis ...
Jenkins
Niklas Ek ...
Djamako
Peter Stein ...
Count Manicoldi
Vera Bílá ...
Gypsy Singer (as Vera Bila)
Gilles Barbier ...
Skeleton Clown
Thierry van Werveke ...
Man on Girder
Simone Elbehri ...
Domenico
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Emma
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A period drama set in the early years of the 20th century. Josef, a former construction worker who delighted in dancing on girders high above the city, who now sweeps up at the circus. Once the big top's owner spots the young roustabout defying gravity on the trapeze, however, he endeavors to pair Josef with his aerialist daughter Alice in a perilous sky-high pas de deux. Offers a romantic view of big top life, with a moth-eaten angel in his feathered, tattered costume. Written by Anonymous

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Adieu, schöner, schwarzer Vogel  »

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Quotes

Robert: Dreams can break many bones...
Josef: [leaving] don't worry about me
Robert: ...and hearts.
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Te Me Puav Laches Rosnes
Written and Performed by Vera Bílá
© Smetana Jiri Editions, Paris
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Fairy tale of today which will become classic
27 November 2005 | by (Japan) – See all my reviews

It is a sad fairy tale taken place at the beginning of the last century. The beautiful camera works and the production design always leave you the feeling of the surreality. The dialogues are poesies rather than real conversations which I didn't feel at ease at the beginning. The stunning last scene is like a theatrical version of the ending of "Over the cuckoo's nest." To me it is a classic film but not obsolete.

James Thierree appeared to me the most attractive in this title than in other films. Jodhi May displays her acting ability sometime overwhelming Isabella Miko.

I saw this film in Tokyo last October. In the theater, we found Wim Wenders discreetly among the audience. He seems to like this film very much, which I understand.


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