The rise and fall of the famous clown Chocolat, the first black circus performer who revolutionised the stagnant circus acts and conquered Paris of the Belle Époque with his exuberance and originality.
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The life story of Rafael Padilla, a former slave in Cuba, who unexpectedly became a star clown in the Paris of the Belle Epoque. Discovered in a small country circus in the North of France by George Footit, a British clown and acrobat, he formed a successful duo with him, 'Footit and Chocolat'. For two decades, and despite conflicts between the two artists, Footit as the authoritarian white clown and Chocolat as the Auguste Black drudge filled crowds with enthusiasm. But nothing lasts forever and the glory of Chocolat, despite his high ambitions, started to decline until his premature death in 1917.Written by
James Thierrée took the show for me followed neck and neck by Omar Sy. What a tribute of excellent acting! I found the movie totally fascinating, having no idea about these lives and events and how they were both, in their own way, totally ground breaking performers.
Unlike one review, I reveled in the depth of the story. I found the solid mix of racial issues, the rise of their fame and brilliance, the whole patina that made up parts of this time in their lives made for excellent viewing for anyone with something of a thinking mind.
Just a wonderful movie with standout brilliant acting. I was surprised and enthralled.
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