Film Info: Artisten in der Zirkuskuppel: ratlos, Die

Artists Under The Big Top: Perplexed, The (Artisten in der Zirkuskuppel: ratlos, Die)

Artists Under The Big Top: Perplexed, The

The circus artist Leni Peickert is planning the circus of the future. She wants to show the animals authentically, and not dressed up as people. In face of the inhuman situation, the artists are to increase the degree of difficulty in their work. But her plan goes awry. Leni Peickert approaches a television company, seeing a knowledge of this special technology as a more suitable basis for her attempt to change the world.


Alexander Kluge was born in Halberstadt in 1932. He studied Law, History and Choral Music, completing his doctorate in 1956. He trained at CCC Films (including a time with Fritz Lang) and began making shorts in 1960. Kluge was one of the initiators of the Oberhausen Manifesto in 1962. Also in 1962, he became the director of the Institute of Film in Ulm, and established his own production company Kairos Film in 1963. His other films include, among others, The Artists Under The Big Top: Perplexed (Die Artisten in der Zirkuskuppel: ratlos, 1968) - winner of a Golden Lion in Venice 1968 and the German Film Award 1969, In Danger and Dire Distress, the Middle of the Road Leads to Death (In Gefahr und groesster Not bringt der Mittelweg den Tod, 1974), The Female Patriot (Die Patriotin, 1979) and many more. Kluge is also a writer and received the Heinrich Kleist Prize in 1986 and the Lessing Prize in 1990. Since 1988, he has produced several cultural programs for television, and in 1992 received the Adolf Grimme Award in Gold for his TV-essay Das Goldene Vlies und die Catch-penny-Drucke in Blei. Alexander Kluge lives in Munich.
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 1968
Director Alexander Kluge
Screenplay Alexander Kluge
Cinematography Thomas Mauch, Guenther Hoermann
Beate Mainka-Jellinghaus
Bernd Hoeltz
Cast Hannelore Hoger, Bernd Hoeltz, Siegfried Graue
Production Company Kairos Film/Munich
Length 104 min
Format 35 mm, color, b&w
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Versions French, English
Sound Technology Mono
Festivals Venice 1968, Moscow 2004 (Retrospective)
Awards Golden Lion Venice 1968, German Film Award 1969