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The Last Circus -- A twisted love triangle evolves into a ferocious battle between Sad Clown and Happy Clown that escalates to unbelievable heights.
The Last Circus -- The Last Circus - A twisted love triangle evolves into a ferocious battle between Sad Clown and Happy Clown that escalates to unbelievable heights.

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Writer:
Álex de la Iglesia (written by)
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Release Date:
17 December 2010 (Spain) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)
Carlos Areces ... Javier

Antonio de la Torre ... Sergio

Carolina Bang ... Natalia
Manuel Tallafé ... Ramiro
Alejandro Tejerías ... Motorista-fantasma (as Alejandro Tejería)
Manuel Tejada ... Jefe de pista

Enrique Villén ... Andrés
Gracia Olayo ... Sonsoles

Sancho Gracia ... Coronel Salcedo
Paco Sagarzazu ... Anselmo

Santiago Segura ... Padre-Payaso tonto

Fernando Guillén Cuervo ... Capitán miliciano

Jorge Clemente ... Javier (Joven 1943)
Fofito ... Payaso listo
Sasha Di Bendetto ... Javier (Niño 1937) (as Sasha Di Bendetto)
Juan Viadas ... Franco
Ángel Acero ... Locutor / Actor
David Sánchez Calvo ... Trapecista
Joaquín Climent ... Padre de familia
Juana Cordero ... Madre de los niños
Fernando Chinarro ... Abuelo
Luis Varela ... Manuel (Veterinario)
Terele Pávez ... Dolores (Vet.)
José Manuel Cervino ... Secretario
Isidro Montalvo ... Amaestrador de osos
Fran Perea ... Soldado nacional

Javier Botet ... Preso enloquecido
Ignasi Vidal ... Policía (Convoy)
Raúl Arévalo ... Carlos (Chico cine)
Luz Valdenebro ... Mª Ángeles - Chica Cine
Josu Ormaetxe ... Millonario 1
Josean Bengoetxea ... Millonario 2
Chusa Barbero ... Señora enjoyada (as Chusa Barberó)
Fernando Soto ... Médico
Elsa Cabo ... Bailarina en el Kojak
Merche Romero ... Bailarina en el Kojak
Anita Torres ... Bailarina en el Kojak (as Ana Torres)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
David M. Antón ... Miliciano (uncredited)
Mikel Bustamante ... Figurante cine / Guardia civil (uncredited)

Diego Calderón ... Trapecista Machete (uncredited)
Sixto Cid ... Bestia (uncredited)
Ángel Cristo ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Alexander Estrella ... Soldado nacional (uncredited)
Torcuato Fernández Miranda ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Manuel Fraga ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Francisco Franco ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Luis Lobos Negros ... Cliente cafetería Loessa (uncredited)

Raphael ... (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Álex de la Iglesia 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Álex de la Iglesia  written by

Produced by
Yousaf Bokhari .... line producer
Vérane Frédiani .... producer
Gerardo Herrero .... producer
Adrian Politowski .... executive producer
Franck Ribière .... producer
Gilles Waterkeyn .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Roque Baños 
 
Cinematography by
Kiko de la Rica 
 
Film Editing by
Alejandro Lázaro 
 
Casting by
Camilla-Valentine Isola 
 
Art Direction by
Eduardo Hidalgo hijo 
 
Set Decoration by
Federico del Cerro 
 
Costume Design by
Paco Delgado 
 
Makeup Department
Barbara Alonso .... special makeup effects artist
Carlos Arenas .... special makeup effects artist
Lola Damas .... assistant makeup artist (as Lola Dama)
Tono Garzón .... assistant makeup artist
Javier Hernández .... special makeup effects artist
Raquel Candela López .... assistant makeup artist
Kenyar Padilla .... assistant hair stylist
Virginia Prieto .... assistant makeup artist
Antonia Pérez .... assistant makeup artist
José Quetglás .... key makeup artist
Patricia Rodríguez .... assistant makeup artist
Pedro Rodríguez .... special makeup effects artist (as Pedro Rodríguez 'Pedrati')
Blanca Sánchez .... key hair stylist
Nuria Tejedor .... assistant hair stylist
Esther Tomás .... assistant hair stylist
Esther Tomás .... makeup artist
Carmen Veinat .... assistant hair stylist
 
Production Management
Fernando Fortuño .... first assistant unit manager
Roberto Padilla .... unit manager
Paula Pérez .... second assistant unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Domingo González .... first assistant director
Virginia Maillo .... trainee assistant director
Eva Ungría .... second assistant director
Bruno Velasco .... third assistant director
 
Art Department
Paco Calonge .... set dresser
Rubén Cardeña .... on-set dresser
Paco García .... assistant property master
Paco Juez .... property master
José Luis Moya .... construction coordinator
Ramón Moya .... construction manager
Clemente Rivas .... assistant set dresser
Silvia Rodríguez-Bermejo .... assistant decorator
 
Sound Department
Manuel Corrales .... foley artist (as Manolo Corrales)
Nicolas de Poulpiquet .... assistant sound editor
Romain Drouillon .... french dubbing mixer
Diego Garrido .... sound re-recording mixer
Mario González .... foley recordist
Sergio González .... assistant sound editor
Sergio González .... boom operator
Javier Losantos .... assistant sound re-recording mixer
Carlos Schmukler .... supervising sound editor
Ricardo Viñas .... dolby sound consultant
 
Special Effects by
César Abades .... special effects technician
Reyes Abades .... special effects supervisor
Óscar Abades .... special effects technician
Ángel Alonso .... special effects technician
Miguel Barragán .... special effects technician
Daniel Reboul .... special effects technician
José Manuel Rodrigo .... special effects technician
 
Visual Effects by
Juanjo Alcaraz .... visual effects producer
Juan Alonso .... digital compositor
Helmuth Barnert .... digital compositor
Manuel Barrero .... visual effects artist
Montse Capdevila .... compositor
Kepa Casado .... technical director
Carlos Cervera .... visual effects producer
Yusef El Khadir .... matchmove artist
Gaston Emery .... visual effects artist
Sergio Fernández .... massive technical director (as Sergio Fernandez)
Ricardo G. Elipe .... senior visual effects compositor
Rafael Galdó .... production coordinator
Hugo García Torres .... animator
Carmen García .... digital effects artist
Juanjo González .... visual effects coordinator
Luis Guerra .... digital compositor
Daniel Moreno .... digital compositor
Francisco Palomares Pozas .... digital compositor
Óscar Perea Marcos .... digital compositor
Ferran Piquer .... visual effects supervisor
Miriam Piquer .... visual effects artist
Francisco Porras .... compositor
Yela Román .... visual effects producer
Javier Sanz .... visual effects artist
Rocío Soriano Piquer .... visual effects producer
Erasmo Torallas .... digital artist
Pepe Valencia .... previsualization supervisor: Baraboom! Studios
José Miguel Zapata .... digital effects artist
 
Stunts
Luis Miguel Arranz .... stunts
Dacio Caballero .... stunts (as Dacio Díaz)
Daniel Cancela .... stunts
Javier Cancela .... stunts
José Julián Cancela .... stunts (as Julián Cancela)
Ignacio Carreño .... stunt coordinator
Pablo Casillas .... stunt performer
Daniel Willy Defense .... stunts
Eduardo Fedriani .... stunts
Jesús Fernández .... stunts
Joaquín Fernández .... stunts
Gema García Moresco .... acrobatics
Diego Herberg .... stunt performer
Álvaro Hernández Arriero .... stunt performer
Álvaro Hernández .... stunts
Cintia Martínez .... stunts
Fernando Millán .... stunts
Eduardo Moratilla .... stunt double: Antonio de la Torre
Tomás Ordóñez .... stunts
José Juan Ramos .... stunts
Ricardo Rocca .... stunts
David Rodríguez .... stunts
Juan José Rodríguez .... stunts (as Juanjo Rodríguez)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Diego L. Calvin .... still photographer
Jon Corcuera .... digital imaging technician
David Fernández .... assistant camera (as David Mayo)
David Fernández .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (as David Mayo)
Carlos Garcés .... electrician
Carlos Sascha García .... electrician
Raúl García .... camera operator
Daniel Guirles .... electrician
Raúl del Hoyo .... second assistant camera (as Raul del Hoyo)
Josu Inchaustegui .... camera operator
Diego López Calvin .... still photographer
Antonio López .... electrician
Almudena Melida .... video assist
Raúl Morales .... camera operator
Imanol Nabea .... assistant camera
Javier Portabales .... electrician
Peio Portabales .... electrician
Daniel Puyol .... electrician
Cristina Rodríguez .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Ricardo Rodríguez .... gaffer
Juan Rubio .... digital imaging technician trainee
Edmundo Sanz .... key grip
Daniel Sánchez .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Anselmo Villalba .... assistant key grip
Anselmo Villalba .... grip
Manuel Álvarez .... assistant camera (as Manu Álvarez)
 
Casting Department
Monika Klich .... casting coordinator: crowd
Cristina Monzón .... extras casting
Pilar Moya .... extras casting coordinator
Erica Vega .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Alejandra Albert .... costumer (as Alejandra Albert Flores)
Ana Cuerda .... costumes
Maite Herruzo .... costumer (as Mayte Herruzo)
Sonia Isla .... wardrobe assistant
Eva Martín .... costumer
Roberto Menargues .... costumer
Joaquín Montull .... wardrobe assistant
Leticia Palomares .... additional costumer
Ignacio Povedano .... costumer
Rosa Pérez .... set costumer
Karin Quijada .... costumer
Raúl Ramos .... costumer (as Raúl Ramos Molla)
Pepo Ruiz Dorado .... aging artist (as Pepo Ruiz)
Eva Salas .... costumer
Carlos Urbano Cabido .... costumer (as Carlos Cabido)
 
Editorial Department
Manuel Bauer .... assistant editor
Juan Ignacio Cabrera .... colorist
Javier Martín Penagos .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Roque Baños .... conductor
Roque Baños .... orchestrator
Ginés Carrión .... assistant orchestrator (as Ginés Carrión Espí)
Ginés Carrión .... music copyist
Ana Carolina Diz .... soprano
Tessy Díez .... music producer (as Tessy Díez Martín)
Vladimir Harvan .... musician
David Hernando .... music supervisor
Sergio Martínez .... musician
Alberto Pinto Velasco .... music recording engineer
Martin Roller .... score recording engineer
Manuel Tallafé .... voice
Stefan Karrer .... soundtrack album producer (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
José Albadalejo .... driver (as Jose Abadaejo)
Iván Alepúz .... driver
Juan Aracil .... transportation
Javier Cifuentes .... driver
Frederic Fabrega .... driver
Richard Fábrega .... driver (as Richard Fabrega)
Richard Fábrega .... unit driver
Miguel Lora .... driver
Mauricio Lozano .... driver
Manuel Marín .... driver
Javier Moltó .... driver
Fernando Pardal .... driver
Laurent Preira .... driver
Agustín Ruiz .... driver
Denis Schiavo .... production driver
Javier Sánchez .... driver
 
Other crew
Piti Alonso .... press
Juan Casado .... production assistant
Mohmoudy El Ghayeb .... security
Salvi García .... press
Belén Goñi .... cashier
David Guaita .... titles and credits designer
Abba Hayub .... security
Pierre Philippe Hendrickx .... legal advisor: Belgium
Asia Jarzyna .... production coordinator
Cristina Manzanares .... assistant location manager
José Manuel Mesteller .... choreographer
Elena Moreno .... cashier
Eduardo Moyano Fernández .... making-of (as Eduardo Moyano)
Ana Pastor .... location manager: Alicante
Juan Vicente Riuve .... script supervisor
David Rodríguez Paya .... security
Vicente Rodríguez Paya .... security
Nuria Santiago .... location manager
Bastien Sirodot .... production executive
Edgaras Subunas .... security
David Sánchez .... press
Mónica Torronteras .... press
Noelia Villodre .... assistant producer
 
Thanks
Jeremy Burdek .... special thanks
Lon Chaney .... thanks
Narciso Ibáñez Serrador .... the director wishes to thank (as Chicho Ibáñez Serrador)
Boris Karloff .... the director wishes to thank
Nadia Khamlichi .... special thanks
Antonio Mercero .... the director wishes to thank
Paul Naschy .... the director wishes to thank
Pedro Olea .... the director wishes to thank
Raquel Welch .... the director wishes to thank
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Balada triste de trompeta" - Spain (original title)
"A Sad Trumpet Ballad" - International (English title) (informal literal title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for brutal and bloody violence throughout, some strong sexual content, nudity and language
Runtime:
107 min
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Color:
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:MA (2011) | France:12 (with warning) | Germany:18 | Hong Kong:III (film festival rating) | Italy:VM14 | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R18 | Singapore:R21 | South Korea:18 | USA:R (certificate #46512)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Álex de la Iglesia's first film not co-written by Jorge Guerricaechevarría.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: 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 »
Movie Connections:
Features Sin un adiós (1970)See more »
Soundtrack:
La quiero a morir (Je l'aime a mourir)See more »

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9 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Fears of a Clown, 28 August 2011
Author: David Ferguson (fergusontx@gmail.com) from Dallas, Texas

Greetings again from the darkness. Here's hoping I don't get booted from proper society for admitting a strange fascination and enjoyment from the latest directorial effort by Spanish cult favorite Alex de la Iglesia. The film is assembled with unequal parts: political parody, black comedy, dark horror, bizarre action and an even more bizarre love triangle. All of that and some of the freakiest clowns you will ever see! I am not really familiar with Mr. De La Torre's previous work but evidently he has quite a following in Spain, though he has found extremely limited success in the U.S. with The Day of the Beast. Neither am I an historical expert on the Spanish Civil War or the regime of Generalissimo Francisco Franco, both of which are targets of the director's true feelings. Still, the movie is such that it kept me engaged and even enthralled the entire time ... especially in Act I.

The film begins in 1937 when a faction of the Republican Army crash a kids' circus performance and force the performers to join in the crusade. One of the clowns leaves behind a young son as he picks up a machete and destroys a platoon almost single handedly - while still in women's clown costume! It is a visual I have yet to erase from my memory.

Forward to 1943 and the clown is forced into servitude constructing the famed Valley of the Fallen. His son tracks him down and is given "revenge" as the only redemptive action by his father. Flash forward to 1973 and the young boy is seen joining a traveling circus as the "sad clown". This circus troupe is run by the ruthless and sadistic "funny clown" who is clearly the filmmakers representation of Franco. The foreshadowing scene comes in the initial meeting between the two clowns as 'funny' tells 'sad' if he weren't a clown, he'd be a murderer. "Sad" responds "me too". Let the mayhem begin! The rivalry and violence escalates as Javier, the sad clown, is lead on and falls for the acrobatic girlfriend of Sergio, the funny clown. As the story moves forward both Javier and Sergio become more grotesque and violent in their attempts to capture Natalia the acrobat. It all ends with a breathtaking climb and operatic duel atop the memorial in the Valley of the Fallen.

There is no way to describe the trip from machete clown to the tragic dance atop the cross. It is a mash-up of Inglorious Basterds, Freaks, Machete and Phantom of the Opera. Additionally, there are countless homages to classic films through the years and a nearly operatic feel to the story and some scenes. Singer Raphael's version of "Ballad of the Sad Trumpet" plays a role, as does a crumpled trumpet. I certainly see this one becoming a regular on the midnight movie circuit, and rightfully so. It has everything a viewer could possibly want ... provided they are in a mindless stupor and looking for the best available violent clown movie currently showing!

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