Artists Under The Big Top: Perplexed
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- Rated: Unrated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 44 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Released: December 23, 2008
- Originally Released: 1968
- Label: Facets
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Dolby Digital 2.0 - German
- Subtitles - English
- Additional Release Material:
- Featurette: EXECUTION OF AN ELEPHANT
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Directed by||Alexander Kluge|
When a young lady inherits a circus from her father, she decides to reform the family enterprise and turn it into a forum for socially relevant drama--scaring away all her customers. This playful film about the border between art and entertainment was directed by New German Cinema ringmaster Alexander Kluge and stars Hannelore Hoger (THE LOST HONOR OF KATHERINA BLUM).
Description by Facets Multi-Media:
Hannelore Hoger (Lost Honor of Katharina Blum) stars as Leni Peickert in Alexander Kluge's compelling parable about art vs. entertainment, culture vs. commerce. Leni inherits the family circus after her father is killed performing a difficult act. Feeling that traditional carnivals are on their way out, she updates the show by turning it into a "reform circus," which consists of socially-relevant entertainment. Unfortunately, it fails to attract customers, and her circus goes bankrupt--twice. The story of Leni and her woes is slight, but the strength of Kluge's film is in the complex imagery, with its masterful montages, filmic references, and layers of meaning. Like the circus in the film, Kluge finds popular German cinema also in the throes of change--a viewpoint that turned out to be prophetic. Winner of the Golden Lion at the 1968 Venice Film Festival.
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