As time goes by to watch silent films for this German count is a complicated matter due to the ailments of aristocratic old age but fortunately there are always Schloss remedies such as using an ebony monocle in order to distinguish the blurred images unspooled in the Schloss silent private cinema. At least trouble hearing is not a problem... But in spite of these remedies to watch "Dämon Zirkus" was a hard job forthis German Count because of not understanding so many strange words in this film that has only survived in a partial version and, worst of all it has only Russian intertitles. Russian, of course, is a bizarre language useful only to stir up the proletarian masses. This film was directed by an unknown German director, Herr Emil Justitz, a film director with a short and undistinguished career ( his most important films were directed during the early 20's ). He did however have time to found his own production studio making films using the same actors again and again.
Due to those aristocratic difficulties, that is to say, to knowing only elegant languages as German or Latin it is not possible to do a complete synopsis about what happens in this film. The most noteworthy aspect of this film it is that is set in the circus, thus it is part of that silent genre that this German count loves so much. This film evoked in this German count, memories of the story written by Herman Bang's "De Fire Djaevle" ( a love triangle, blackmail, trapeze artists, tragic circus death ). The last part of "Damon Zirkus" is the most interesting, in spite of not understanding much of what has gone on before, we do have poignancy in the situation of the principal character, the famous silent actor Herr Carl De Vogt, as he is degraded from the trapeze to the clown troupe, and in the end seems to be experiencing his own special atonement.
And now, if you'll allow me, I must temporarily take my leave because this Germanic Count is trying to understand what the servants means in their ordinary language when they say "guaranteed minimum wage".
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