Voices from Russia

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

26 June 2013. Some of My Favourite Things… Two Scenes from the Classic Sov Film “Tsirk” (“Circus”)

00 Poster for Tsirk. Circus. 1936

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The Lullaby scene

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How Wide is My Motherland (Широка страна моя родная: Shiroka strana moya rodina)

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Recently, I posted something about the Soviet-era poet James Lloydovich Patterson, whose mother was Russian and his father was American. One of my friends at the Centre says that the Rodina wants him back. I heartily concur. As a small child, James Lloydovich took part in one of the most classic films of Soviet cinema,  Цирк (Tsirk: Circus). The storyline concerned an American circus performer who went to the USSR because Americans treated her badly because she had bore a mixed-race child out-of-wedlock. The two scenes above are the most famous. Clearly, this is one of the masterpieces of world cinema; it remains popular and well-known in Russia to this day.

BMD

If you’d like to see the whole movie, click here

 

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