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Saltimbancii (1981)

A circus family encounters hard times and family strife, but is brought into the limelight through their chance encounter with a polar bear cub.


Elisabeta Bostan


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Octavian Cotescu Octavian Cotescu ... Cezar Marcelloni
Carmen Galin Carmen Galin ... Fanny Ghica
Gina Patrichi Gina Patrichi ... Paulette
Adrian Vâlcu Adrian Vâlcu ... (as Adrian Vilcu)
Violeta Andrei ... Lysette Marcelloni
Dem Radulescu Dem Radulescu ... Cezar Siboli
Aurel Giurumia Aurel Giurumia
George Mihaita
Mitica Popescu Mitica Popescu
Alexandru Repan Alexandru Repan
Mihaela Juvara Mihaela Juvara
Iosefini Iosefini ... George 'Joe' Marcelloni
Tiberiu Antal Tiberiu Antal
Dodi Caian Dodi Caian
Dorina Done Dorina Done


A circus family encounters hard times and family strife, but is brought into the limelight through their chance encounter with a polar bear cub.

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Romania | Soviet Union



Release Date:

24 September 1981 (Romania) See more »

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Circus Performers See more »

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Romania See more »

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Color (Fujicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Followed by Circus Performers at the North Pole (1984) See more »

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more than a movie
26 March 2017 | by KirpianuscusSee all my reviews

for me it is more than a movie. it is a huge window to the colors of childhood. and this did it special. for actors and songs and the white bear. for Iași in an old age and for the flavor of circus. and, sure, for applause. it is one of the most impressive films of my childhood. for the dramatic story and for the chemistry who grows up as show. for atmosphere and for the useful lesson about the difference between appearances and deep reality. for a form of magic who is far to be easy to define because it is not exactly joy or balloons or fireworks. a delicate picture of a town and a family. or, only, one of the demonstrations of great art from Elisabeta Bostan.

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