The Devil's Circus

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The Devil's Circus
The Devil's Circus(1926 film).jpg
Belgian poster
Directed by Benjamin Christensen
Written by Benjamin Christensen
Starring Norma Shearer
Charles Emmett Mack
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release dates
  • February 15, 1926 (1926-02-15)
Running time
70 minutes
Country United States
Language Silent
English intertitles

The Devil's Circus is a 1926 silent drama film directed by Danish director Benjamin Christensen, based upon his screenplay. The film stars Norma Shearer and Charles Emmett Mack. It was the first of seven films directed by Christensen in the United States, and one of only four of those films that have not been lost.


Mary and Carlstop are a trapeze artist and a pickpocket who get themselves almost fatally involved with Lieberkind, a lion-tamer, and his jealous wife Yonna.


Preservation status[edit]

Thought to have been lost,[1] a print of The Devil's Circus was rediscovered and has been preserved by George Eastman House.[2] Funding for the film's restoration was provided by The Film Foundation.


  1. ^ "Museum of Modern Art press release/book review of Lost Films" (PDF). Museum of Modern Art. August 24, 1970. Retrieved May 19, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Archival Film Prints Available From George Eastman House" (PDF). George Eastman House ( Retrieved May 19, 2015. 

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