Man on a Tightrope (1953)

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Czech circus owner-Clown and his entire troupe employ a daring stratagem in order to escape en masse from behind the iron curtain.



  • Alexander D'Arcy in Man on a Tightrope (1953)
  • Gloria Grahame in Man on a Tightrope (1953)
  • Cameron Mitchell and Terry Moore in Man on a Tightrope (1953)
  • Fredric March and Terry Moore in Man on a Tightrope (1953)
  • Fredric March and Terry Moore in Man on a Tightrope (1953)
  • Richard Boone and Fredric March in Man on a Tightrope (1953)

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9 February 2002 | supershaman
This Is What Communism Was All About...
This is a particularly fine film, but the other users missed an item that I would like to mention.

Namely, communism or, rather, the specific type of communism which was practiced within the old Soviet Empire, was a subtle poison to the human spirit.

In a critical scene, just before the fatal run across the border, the Circus manager questions a roustabout about his betrayal of his community(the Circus) and everyone whom he ever knew there. This man, with a straight face, announces that he and the other manual laborers are the heart and essence of the circus. Along with the movie audience, the manager(played by veteran actor Frederick March) is shocked that anyone could convince himself that people come to see him and his fellows, not the aerialists, not the lion tamer nor even the clowns.

There are no paranoid political rants here, but that form of communism is "busted" for its "divide and conquer" tactics. People took appalling risks to flee communism and this film gives the viewer part of why they were willing to take them. I couldn't imagine then and I can't imagine now that "a higher standard of living" was the reason for this.

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