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The Bear Tamer (1912)
"Bjørnetæmmeren" (original title)

 |  Short, Drama  |  8 May 1912 (Denmark)
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Credited cast:
Lili Beck ...
Ula-Kiri-Maja (as Lili Bech)
Peter Fjelstrup
Richard Jensen
Alfred Lind ...
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Release Date:

8 May 1912 (Denmark)  »

Also Known As:

Bjørnetæmmeren fra den flyvende cirkus  »

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Rasmus Ottesen was originally cast as the bear tamer, but the bear gave him a nasty bite in the arm, and he had to be replaced. See more »


Follows The Flying Circus (1912) See more »

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Danish Sequel

Due to the big success of "Den Flyvende Cirkus"(The Flying Circus), Herr Alfred Lind decided to direct a sequel, "Bjornetaemmeren" (The Bear Tamer). This time Herr Alfred also wrote the script, photographed the film and played the principal character of the film… that it to say, the bear tamer.

The circus troupe is bigger than in the last adventure. But don't worry; Damen Ula, the circus snake charmer is here for good, tough and untamed as always. She quickly forgot her affair with the high-wire artist and thanks to her charms, makes a bear tamer that walked into the circus feel randy.

The two circus lovers decide after a few weeks to marry each other and include the bear and the snake in their happy and savage life. But to be a circus snake charmer is not enough for Damen Ula. So thanks to a ballet master with a peculiar sense of discovering new dancing talent, she decides to become a ballerina and performs the bizarre Indian snake dance at the theater.

In the variety show she flirts with a moor actor or …even better... with a wealthy man. The fact that she is a married woman doesn't bother her. However, her husband does not share this opinion. He decides to put an end to this, the irresolute and liberated life of her wife. Thanks to his skill at taming bears, the bear tamer finally will accomplish the difficult task of taming his wife.

"Bjornetaemmeren" is a very interesting sequel that put together melodrama and comedy in good proportions; the circus background of the film is now united with the variety show (a speciality of the Danish Scandinavian-Russian Trading Company). Achieved is a film in where there is a special atmosphere that surrounds these strolling players. It is one of the most remarkable aspects of this film not discounting Dame Ula ( Lili Bech )… a fabulous discovering for this German Count.

And now, if you'll allow me, I must temporarily take my leave because this German Count must convince Damen Ula that it is more elegant to wear a diamond around her neck instead of a snake.

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