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Artists Under the Big Top: Perplexed

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Director  Alexander Kluge
Production  Kairos-Film
Writer  Alexander Kluge
Language  German
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Genre  Drama
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Country  West Germany
Artists Under the Big Top: Perplexed movie poster
Release date  September 1968 (1968-09) (VFF) 29 October 1968 (1968-10-29)
Cast  Hannelore Hoger (Leni Peickert), Sigi Graue (Manfred Peickert), Alfred Edel (Dr. Busch), Klaus Schwarzkopf (Gerloff, Philologe), Bernd Höltz, Kurt Jürgens
Awards  Golden Lion, German Film Award for Best Feature Film
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Artists in the Big Top: Perplexed (German: Die Artisten in der Zirkuskuppel: Ratlos) is a 1968 West German film written and directed by Alexander Kluge. The film is made in a collage style, featuring newsreels and quotations from philosophers alongside the story of a failing circus whose owner, Leni (Hannelore Hoger), must decide whether her dream of a new kind of circus is too optimistic. The film is a symbolic representation of Kluge's own frustrations in trying to help stimulate the New German Cinema movement.

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Cast

  • Hannelore Hoger as Leni Peickert
  • Sigi Graue as Manfred Peickert (as Siegfried Graue)
  • Alfred Edel as Dr. Busch
  • Bernd Höltz as Herr von Lueptow
  • Eva Oertel as Gitti Bornemann
  • Kurt Jürgens as Mackensen, Dompteur
  • Gilbert Houcke as Houke, Dompteur
  • Wanda Bronska-Pampuch as Frau Saizewa
  • Herr Jobst as Impresario
  • Hans-Ludger Schneider as Assessor Korti
  • Klaus Schwarzkopf as Gerloff, Philologe
  • Awards

    The film won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival. The film was also selected as the West German entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 41st Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee.

    References

    Artists Under the Big Top: Perplexed Wikipedia
    Artists Under the Big Top: Perplexed IMDb Artists Under the Big Top: Perplexed themoviedb.org


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