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The Last Circus (2010)
"Balada triste de trompeta" (original title)

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A young trapeze artist must decide between her lust for Sergio, the Happy Clown, or her affection for Javier, the Sad Clown, both of whom are deeply disturbed.

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Manuel Tallafé ...
Alejandro Tejerías ...
Motorista-fantasma (as Alejandro Tejería)
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Gracia Olayo ...
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Paco Sagarzazu ...
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Padre-Payaso tonto
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Capitán miliciano
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Fofito ...
Sasha Di Bendetto ...
Javier (Niño 1937) (as Sasha Di Bendetto)
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1937, Spain is in the midst of the brutal Spanish Civil War. A "Happy" circus clown is interrupted mid-performance and forcibly recruited by a militia. Still in his costume, he is handed a machete and led into battle against National soldiers, where he single handedly massacres an entire platoon. Fast forward to 1973, the tail end of the Franco regime. Javier, the son of the clown, dreams of following in his father's career footsteps, but has seen too much tragedy in his life-he's simply not funny and is only equipped to play the role of the Sad Clown. He finds work in a circus where he befriends an outlandish cast of characters, but as the Sad Clown he must take the abuse of the brutish Happy Clown Sergio, who humiliates Javier daily in the name of entertainment. It is here that he meets Natalia, a gorgeous acrobat, and abused wife of Sergio. Javier falls deeply in love with Natalia and tries to rescue her from her cruel and violent husband, unleashing Sergio's jealousy. But Natalia ... Written by Anonymous

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clown | sad clown | circus | acrobat | spain | See more »

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Rated R for brutal and bloody violence throughout, some strong sexual content, nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Budget:

€7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$4,757 (USA) (19 August 2011)

Gross:

$40,029 (USA) (4 November 2011)
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A still of Cannibal Holocaust (1980) appears in opening credits. Luis Varela, who plays Manuel in this film, dubbed 'Carl Gabriel Yorke' in Cannibal Holocaust in Spanish. See more »

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When Andres is arrested, he says "maderos" to the policemen, but this word was not yet used at this time. He shoould have said "grises" (grey) because this is the color of the police uniform - only years later would it become brown. ("Madero" is log or piece of wood, which is why people called policemen "maderos"). See more »

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References One Million Years B.C. (1966) See more »

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Written by Palito Ortega (as Ramón Ortega)
Performed by Marisol
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Best film of 2010
23 January 2011 | by (Spain) – See all my reviews

After the really disappointing "Oxford murders", Álex de la Iglesia returns with not only his best film to date, but with one of the best films in the last years. "Balada Triste de Trompeta" is a romantic-over the top-violent melodrama which mixes Tarantino, Hitchcock, Fellini, Todd Browning and of course it also has a lot of previous Álex de la Iglesia films like "Acción Mutante" or "El día de la bestia". Two men, one good and one bad, fighting for the love of a beautiful blonde trapeze artist (the gorgeous Carolina Bang) in a downward spiral of love and madness that also serves as a historical recount of the last 75 years of Spanish history.


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