Release dateSeptember 1968 (1968-09) (VFF)
29 October 1968 (1968-10-29) CastHannelore Hoger (Leni Peickert), Sigi Graue (Manfred Peickert), Alfred Edel (Dr. Busch), Klaus Schwarzkopf (Gerloff, Philologe), Bernd Höltz, Kurt Jürgens AwardsGolden Lion, German Film Award for Best Feature Film Similar moviesThe Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Independence Day, Tomorrow Never Dies, Quiz Show, Garfield, Oz: The Great and Powerful
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.
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
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.