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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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Paco Sagarzazu ...
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Padre-Payaso tonto
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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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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17 December 2010 (Spain)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

€7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

€646,917 (Spain) (17 December 2010)

Gross:

$40,029 (USA) (6 November 2011)
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Trivia

The famous "Wilhelm Scream" can be heard several times in this movie, but most prominently when two midgets are thrown out of the Wonderland Cirgo tent at 20:15. See more »

Goofs

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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Features El gran circo de TVE (1973) See more »

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Vocals by Manuel Tallafé
Performed by 'Banda de cornetas de la Fundacion Julian Santos'
2015 Melliam Music
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A Surreal Trip
10 February 2017 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

A man decides to follow his Dad's footsteps and become a clown for a circus troupe. He is the sad clown who has no interest In making children happy. He hates kids. He soon develops a relationship with a clown's wife which turns everything upside down and begins a journey into madness.

This is one trippy flick with over the top characters and loads of violence setting the necessary tone of a dark twisted comedy. It was the first time I seen a clown get ready by splashing acid on his face, then pressing a hot iron to each of his cheeks, burning a triangle to finish the look.

This one is in Spanish so you will have to read it but well worth the watch. I got a Santa Sangre vibe from this flick.


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