Javier wants to follow in the footsteps
of his father who was the happy Clown. Cruel events like the Spanish civil war
and a bold escape attempt by Javier to rescue his father results in his father getting killed.
He becomes the Sad Clown because he only knows tragedy. He becomes wrapped
up in a love triangle between the abusive Happy Clown Sergio and the beautiful acrobat (and abused wife of Sergio) Natalia. Events spiral out of control which leave them all scarred in many ways as Javier
tries to rescue Natalia.
THE LAST CIRCUS is a mad and visually brilliant
tragedy from director Alex de la Iglesia. It is like a film that would
result if Tim Burton and David Lynch combined themselves into one person. The
film reaches insane levels as you witness a battle between a sad clown and a happy clown. The movie is full of
crazy images from surreal dream sequences to absurd moments like an army of clowns attacking Franco's soldiers to odd circus
performers who could easily be part of their own film. It is a nice touch that the film has a night club called
Kojaks. THE LAST CIRCUS could easily fit in the same universe of the Guillermo del Toro films. I have
only seen very few films from director Alex de la Iglesia, but it reaffirms my need to see some of his other films.
MAKING OF THE LAST CIRCUS takes a look at the making of the film from the genesis to casting to costume design to using green screen
to create what some of the cast think is the director's most personal film.
Behind the Scenes Segments focus on the
making of key scenes
Visual Effects show before and after of
several scenes that were filmed against a green screen inside a studio.
The US Trailer, an international teaser,
and the international trailer round out the extras in addition to previews for other Magnolia Home Entertainment titles.
FINAL ANALYSIS: THE LAST CIRCUS is an insane
tragedy full of visual storytelling madness. A must see for fans of films by directors David Lynch, Tim
Burton, and Guillermo del Toro.
this DVD review is (c)10-16-2011 David
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