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The Artist in the Circus Dome: Clueless (1968)

Die Artisten in der Zirkuskuppel: Ratlos (original title)
"Neues Kino movie" about life in the circus dome narrated in Brechtian spirit; deceptively illusionist grip is broken violently by aloofness and sweeping subjective tracking shots.

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Alexander Kluge

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Alexander Kluge
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hannelore Hoger Hannelore Hoger ... Leni Peickert
Sigi Graue Sigi Graue ... Manfred Peickert (as Siegfried Graue)
Alfred Edel Alfred Edel ... Dr. Busch
Bernd Höltz Bernd Höltz ... Herr von Lueptow
Eva Oertel Eva Oertel ... Gitti Bornemann
Kurt Jürgens Kurt Jürgens ... Mackensen, Dompteur
Gilbert Houcke Gilbert Houcke ... Houke, Dompteur
Wanda Bronska-Pampuch Wanda Bronska-Pampuch ... Frau Saizewa
Herr Jobst Herr Jobst ... Impressario
Hans-Ludger Schneider Hans-Ludger Schneider ... Assessor Korti
Klaus Schwarzkopf ... Gerloff, Philologe
Nils von der Heyde Nils von der Heyde ... Arbogast, Pressechef
Marie Luise Dutoit Marie Luise Dutoit ... Schweiter Aristin
Peter Staimmer Peter Staimmer ... Perry Woodcock
Theodor Hoffa Theodor Hoffa ... Monokelträger
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"Neues Kino movie" about life in the circus dome narrated in Brechtian spirit; deceptively illusionist grip is broken violently by aloofness, sweeping subjective tracking shots interrupted by a flat snapshot of an old stick, calm color sequence stops up a moving black and white scene and interviewed people in close-up becomes suddenly silent. Kluge has also taken a different motto from Brecht to heart, namely, that the artist's task is to maintain: despite its ambiguity "Circus performers" in a somewhat simplified format, could have been a film for children. Written by Ulf Kjell Gür

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Country:

West Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

29 October 1968 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

The Artist in the Circus Dome: Clueless See more »

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Kairos-Film See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Black and White | Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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no entertainment, politics instead
9 December 2004 | by srlsanSee all my reviews

For people who think that film has to be an entertainment and there's no other possibility for the film language, this movie can be really boring and disappointing. However, for the ones who think that films can question and make us rethink our preconceptions and the ethics of today's society, it can be very interesting, and so can other Alexander Kluge's films. It's so easy to sit and watch a Hollywood-like all-the-time-the-same-old-bulls*** film and leave the movie theater all satisfied and thinking that life is perfect because the threaten was beaten by the great hero. And it is so difficult to stop and bother our notion of time and think about how fake, stupid and paradoxical this society can be. I guess that for the ones who want to get out of this Plato's cave movies like "Die Artisten in der Zirkuskuppel: Ratlos" and "Die Macht der Gefühle" are really worth seeing.


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