The journey of Javier, the obese Sad Clown, starts during his childhood in the midst of the Spanish civil war in 1937. His father, one of Spain’s most prominent jesters, is detained and tortured by the fascist regime.
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Rewatched and re-loved. Depraved, violent, hypnotic, disturbing, intense, sad and beautiful (especially in a historical context). Las dos Españas. Or you love it or you hate it. You must know something about Spain before watching it, that's for sure. An underrated Masterpiece. (Álex de la Iglesia, gracias). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VssmA8YDoTo // https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V4illAjn3sg //
I absolutely loved it. I saw it as a classic monster movie where the monsters just so happen to be circus clowns. Ultra-violent, sexually depraved, and a commentary on fascism to boot. This is genre cinema at its best; a free-wheeling, unpredictable ride through the imagination. I wish I had something profound to add but "The Last Circus" is really just one of those movies that reminds me why I love movies.
What a wonderful movie! It's like Charlie Chaplin, F W Murnau, and James Whale co-directed a satirical Brian DePalma movie about the horrors of the Spanish revolutionary war. Also, I hear that the main story is lifted from spiderman... which I really want to research that more.
I'm a sucker for dark circus melodramas, and this mind-bending masterpiece is easily one of the best, certainly the most outrageous. For all of its gloriously over the top violence, sex, and absurdity, it really is an excellently-crafted film, with some superb cinematography and performances. One of the most flat-out entertaining movies I've seen in a long while.
Akin to Jodorowsky's strange charge, paired with a simple narrative akin to Fellini, The Last Circus' wobbly rhythm and vestigial drama concern the Spanish reconciliation of their last Civil War, topping Heath Ledger's deranged clown-a-path in the process. Despite reversing de la Iglesia's often pure silliness for a zany satire on serious issues instead, The Last Circus is too primitive in its allegory.
Baroque, espagnol, exubérant, explosif. L'univers de "Freaks" revu et décliné sous l'Espagne de Franco.