Circus (1936 film)
|Directed by||Grigori Aleksandrov
|Written by||Grigori Aleksandrov|
|Music by||Isaak Dunayevsky|
Circus (Russian: Цирк; translit. Tsirk) is a 1936 Soviet melodramatic comedy musical film. It was directed by Grigori Aleksandrov and Isidor Simkov (as I. Simkov) at the Mosfilm studios. In his own words, it was conceived as "an eccentric comedy...a real side splitter."
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).
The film was based on a comedy play by Ilf and Petrov and Valentin Kataev, 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 director's interpretation, and after a conflict they abandoned the work, forbade to mention their names in the credits, and the further work on the plot was continued by Isaac Babel. 
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.
The film was digitally colorized in 2011 in Russia.
- 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
- "Пять интересных фактов о легендарном фильме "Цирк", May 25, 2013 (retrieved July 19, 2015)
- "Tsirk (1936) - Trivia". imdb.com. 2012. Retrieved 22 February 2012.
- Цирк / Circus on YouTube in black and white.
- Circus at the Internet Movie Database
- Circus at AllMovie
- Site-museum of Lyubov Orlova Orlova