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Music director  Isaak Dunayevsky
Country  Soviet Union
6.9/10 IMDb

Genre  Comedy, Musical
Screenplay  Grigori Aleksandrov
Writer  Grigori Aleksandrov
Language  Russian
Circus (1936 film) movie poster
Director  Grigori Aleksandrov Isidor Simkov
Release date  1936
Directors  Grigori Aleksandrov, Isidor Simkov
Cast  Lyubov Orlova, Vladimir Volodin, Sergei Stolyarov, Pavel Massalsky, Lev Sverdlin, Solomon Mikhoels
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Russian lullaby from the movie circus tsirk ussr 1936 with subtitles

Circus (Russian: Цирк; translit. Tsirk) is a 1936 Soviet melodramatic comedy musical film. It was directed by Grigori Aleksandrov and Isidor Simkov at the Mosfilm studios. In his own words, it was conceived as "an eccentric comedy...a real side splitter."


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Starring the glamorous and immensely popular Lyubov Orlova (Aleksandrov's wife), the first recognized star of Soviet cinema and a gifted singer, the film contains several songs which instantly became Soviet classics. The most famous is the "Song of the Motherland" (Широка страна моя родная).

Circus (1936 film) movie scenes

The film was based on a comedy written by Ilf and Petrov and Valentin Kataev and performed by Moscow music hall, Under the Circus Dome (Под куполом цирка), which was seen and liked by Aleksandrov. They made the play into the plot, but during the initial film shooting they went to America. Upon return, they disliked the director's interpretation, and after a conflict they abandoned the work, forbade the mention of their names in the credits, and further work on the plot was continued by Isaac Babel.

Circus (1936 film) movie scenes

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Orlova plays an American circus artist who, after giving birth to a black baby (played by James Lloydovich Patterson), immediately becomes a victim of racism and is forced to stay in the circus, but finds refuge, love and happiness in the USSR. Her black son is embraced by friendly Soviet people. The movie climaxes with a lullaby being sung to the baby by representatives of various Soviet ethnicities taking turns.

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The film was digitally colorized in 2011 in Russia.


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  • Lyubov Orlova as Marion Dixon, American actress and circus artist.
  • James Patterson as Jimmy, Marion's baby
  • Sergei Stolyarov as Ivan Petrovich Martinov, Soviet performance director
  • Pavel Massalsky as Franz von Kneishitz, corrupt theatrical agent
  • Vladimir Volodin as Ludvig, Soviet circus director
  • Yevgeniya Melnikova as Rayechka, the director's daughter
  • Aleksandr Komissarov as Skameikin
  • Nikolai Otto as Charlie Chaplin
  • Solomon Mikhoels as Cameo
  • Interesting facts

    Circus (1936 film) Lullaby from The Movie Circus Tsirk USSR 1936 with subtitles 1
  • The name of the heroine Marion Dixon - a tribute to the popularity of the famous actress and singer Marlene Dietrich
  • In early 1953 the verses from the lullaby, sung in Yiddish (that where performed by Solomon Mikhoels) were removed. After Stalin's death the verses were returned.
  • The well known animal trainer Boris Eder substituted for Aleksandr Komissarov in Skameikin's flower fight with the lions.
  • The Flight to the Moon stunt coordinated and performed by three Kharkiv inventors where the extreme sports athlete Vera Buslaeva substituted for Lyubov Orlova for the cameras.
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