The Last Circus

Balada triste de trompeta

The Tarantino-headed jury gave The Last Circus Best Screenplay and Best Director awards, Venice Film Festival 2010.

Year: 2010
Country: France, Spain
Running time: 102 mins
Censor Rating: R18 - violence, sex scenes, content that may disturb
Genres: Horror

Screenplay: Álex de la Iglesia
Producers: Gerardo Herrero, Mariela Besuievsky
Photography: Kiko de la Rica
Editor: Alejandro Lazaro
Production designer: Eduardo Hidalgo
Costume designer: Paco Delgado
Music: Roque Baños

In Spanish with English subtitles


With: Carlos Areces (Javier), Antonio de la Torre (Sergio), Carolina Bang (Natalia), Sancho Gracia (Colonel Salcedo), Juan Luis Galiardo (ring master), Enrique Villén (Andres), Manuel Tafalle (Ramiro), Manuel Tejada (master of ceremonies), Gracia Olayo (Sonsoles), Santiago Segura (father stupid clown)

Festivals: Venice, Toronto 2010

Best Director, Best Screenplay, Venice Film Festival 2010

Spain’s most popular genre director Álex de la Iglesia (Day of the Beast, Ferpect Crime) is in peak form with this epic that is like some Catalan molotov cocktail of Sam Fuller’s The Big Red One and Alejandro Jodorowsky’s Santa Sangre. Javier is an awkward teenager when his father, a clown, is sent to a labour camp: before dying, he tells Javier that he will only find love through revenge. Years on and Javier is a schlubby 30-something about to start working as a sad clown under the control of psychopathic Sergio, a happy clown with a flirtatious girlfriend called Natalia. When Javier falls for her, a chain of events begins that hurtles both men towards total annihilation. An outrageous kaleidoscopic opera of beautiful women, hyper-kinetic action, clowns, Grand Guignol gore, Hitchcockian chases and frenetic fascists, it features so many jaw-dropping moments of bravura filmmaking that viewers may suffer from post-traumatic cinematic sensurround. — AT  

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