Musée d'Orsay: The Devil's Circus

The Devil's Circus

Benjamin Christensen
1926. Silent. USA
70 mins

A pickpocket and a trapeze artist fall in love, but their relationship is threatened by a cruel lion tamer and his jealous wife.

This is Christensen’s first American film, in which the circus (already featured in Blind Justice) meets the Devil. Almost a sequel to Haxan,the Devil appears a number of times to demonstrate that it is he who pulls the strings in every human drama, from unhappy love affairs to world war.

The Devil's Circus
Benjamin ChristensenLe cirque du diable1926© Rue des Archives/BCA

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