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De droom van de beer

Documentary, 2000, 90 min.

The Russian circus is deteriorating. From the twenties, the State Circus was the Soviet Union's great pride. Lenin considered it a chief means of propaganda, so a lot of money was made available for special shows that applauded Soviet successes in industry and space travel. Russia even had a ministry of circus affairs. The performers themselves hardly suffered from the communist regime; travelling across the Soviet Union, they lived in relative freedom. Today, many of the greatest circus performers, like the world-famous clown Oleg Popov, are living abroad. In Russia, the money is finished. Director Cherry Duyns visited Popov and other former stars, like the Kantemirov brothers - Ossetian horsemen that performed in more than fifty films. The interviews are pervaded with nostalgia and Duyns combines them with beautiful archive footage, showing the circus performers as young men.


  • NL - Netherlands Film Festival Golden Calf





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