The Circus (subtitles)
The film was directed by Grigori Aleksandrov and Isidor Simkov at the Mosfilm studios. In Aleksandrov's own words, it was conceived as "an eccentric comedy...a real side splitter."

The film is based on a comedy written by famous soviet writers Ilya Ilf, Yevgeny Petrov, Valentin Kataev.

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" ("Shiroka strana moya rodnaya").

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.

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