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Looping (1981)

A small carnival is in dire financial straits. Their show is attracting fewer and fewer paying customers, as their "attractions" are aging, out of shape and beset by internal feuds and ... See full summary »


Pea Fröhlich (book), Peter Märthesheimer (book) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview:
Shelley Winters ... Carmen
Hans Christian Blech ... Johnny
Sydne Rome ... Tanja
Ingrid Caven ... Lissy
Barbara Valentin ... Helma
Johanna König Johanna König ... Pritty
Adrian Hoven ... Capone
Rolf Bührmann Rolf Bührmann ... Didi
Peter Chatel ... Sirmone
Jürgen Flimm Jürgen Flimm ... Beamter
Wolf-Dietrich Sprenger Wolf-Dietrich Sprenger ... Verkäufer
Peter Schlesinger Peter Schlesinger ... Agent
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A small carnival is in dire financial straits. Their show is attracting fewer and fewer paying customers, as their "attractions" are aging, out of shape and beset by internal feuds and bickering. One day a beautiful young woman shows up and suggests a way of attracting customers: put on a strip show, with her as the main attraction. Her act attracts customers in droves, but it turns out that the girl has her own agenda, and it isn't to help out the carnival. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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West Germany



Release Date:

1 May 1981 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Looping - Der lange Traum vom kurzen Glück See more »

Filming Locations:

West Berlin, Berlin, Germany


Box Office


DEM 4,600,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Entenproduktion See more »
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Technical Specs



Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


Some of the role were originally intended to be played by other actors: Hans Christian Blech's part was intended for Burt Lancaster and Robert Stack, and Shelley Winters's role should originally have been played by Olivia de Havilland. See more »


Chansons - Mabel in Babel
Music and Lyrics by Peer Raben
Performed by Ingrid Caven
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great camera work, and an even better soundtrack
21 November 2017 | by Jo-S-1See all my reviews

With a rating under 6, I was really surprised by the quality of this movie. The story about some people at a fairground struggling to fulfill their big dream may be somewhat average, but the camera-work by Michael Ballhaus is impressive (he even does one of his famous 360 Degree shots). The acting is also above average, Shelley Winters and Hans Christian Blech play their characters very well and it is definitely one of Syndey Rome's better movies. What really surprised me was the soundtrack. The movie features 15 Songs by Bryan Ferry & Roxy Music. Most of them are very well known and almost every song fits perfectly to the according scene. "Love Is The Drug" for a strip scene, "In Every Dream Home A Heartache" (played in its entirety) for a breakup scene - what could fit better? If you are into good soundtracks I strongly suggest trying to watch this movie somewhere.

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