• 1925
  • Directed by: Ewald Andre Dupont
  • Cast: Emil Jannings, Lya de Putti, Maly Delschaft, Warwick Ward

A middle-aged circus acrobat abandons his wife and child for a coquettish new lady (and a third person, oo-er).

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A tale of jealousy, passion and betrayal starring Emil Jannings (Der Letzte Mann) as Boss, a middle-aged circus acrobat who abandons his wife and child for an affair with coquettish newcomer Bertha-Marie, only to have his new, illicit idyll shattered by the arrival of a debonair trapeze artist who proposes they form a trio. Happily returned to our screens thanks to a new digital restoration by the Murnau Foundation in Germany this exhilarating drama, with its vertiginous camera work for the aerial sequences and the tawdry glamour of the circus ring, is a flamboyant roller-coaster.

Accompanied by live music from talented German percussionist Frank Bockius and Stephen Horne on piano.

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