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The Butterfly Circus (2009)

The Butterfly Circus is the story of a renowned circus troupe traveling through the devastated American landscape at the height of the Great Depression, lifting the spirits of audiences ... See full summary »

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A feature length adaptation of the beloved short film, The Butterfly Circus is the story of a man without limbs who leaves the sideshow world to join a troupe of outcasts in a renowned circus.

Director: Joshua Weigel
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The Butterfly Circus is the story of a renowned circus troupe traveling through the devastated American landscape at the height of the Great Depression, lifting the spirits of audiences along the way. During their travels they discover a man without limbs in a carnival sideshow, but after an intriguing encounter with the showman, he becomes driven to hope against everything he has ever believed. Written by Anonymous

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31 August 2009 (USA)  »

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Цирк 'Бабочка'  »

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Once posted online, the short film went viral and has received over 40 million views since its release. It has also been subtitled and dubbed independently by fans into over 25 different languages, and a feature-length version is now in development. See more »

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Mr. Mendez: The greater the struggle, the more glorious the triumph!
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This is a phenomenal movie! Gorgeous, and with a loving spirit.
20 February 2012 | by (Minneapolis Minnesota) – See all my reviews

This is a phenomenal movie! Gorgeous, and with a loving spirit. The US Depression period is captured with sensitivity. The movie grabs you and takes you along on the Butterfly Circus's travels. It is very professionally done - color is great, scenes very effective. There is an economy of action, yet it feels like a full-length movie. The story is poignant but not maudlin. I loved the opening scene with the old cars traveling across the dusty plain. The actor Vujicic makes the story so hopeful. I hope it will be made into a full-length film and played in theaters everywhere. I wanted to see more of each character,learn their backgrounds and how they found the Butterfly Circus. Also, I'm interested in what motivated the ringmaster.


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