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


The Lullaby scene


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


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.


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


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