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Films & Schedules - THE LAST CIRCUS


Fri, Feb 25, 2011
at 8:45 PM (WH)
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Sat, Feb 26, 2011
at 5:15 PM (B3)
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DIRECTOR: Alex de la Iglesia - SPAIN

In 1937 Spain, a circus troupe is conscripted by the Republican army to battle the National front. The circus’ silly clown carries out a bloodbath with a machete while still dressed in costume. When his young son Javier attempts to help him escape from service, a heartless colonel leaves Javier an orphan. Decades later, an adult Javier joins a circus as the sad clown. The silly clown, Sergio, is a cruel thug, terrorizing co-workers and abusing his girlfriend Natalia, with whom Javier falls in love. The Last Circus offers a bold metaphor for the Spanish Civil War—the clownish extremes of Communism and Fascism—and the years of Franco’s dictatorship. “An ode to the monstrous and grotesque whose every scene is a technical marvel, this mutant, burlesque tragedy-slash-cartoonish historical comedy is truly in a class by itself.”—Julien Fonfrède. (107 mins.)

Selected Filmography: The Day of the Beast (95), 800 Bullets (02), The Perfect Crime (04), The Oxford Murders (08).


Interests: Narrative Feature, Spanish Language, History.

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