Directed by Miklos Jancso
Written by Giovanna Gagliardo and Miklós Jancsó
Italy/Yugoslavia 1976 color, 104 minutes, 1.85:1
English/Italian audio choices, optional English subtitles
Starring: Lajos Balázsovits, Teresa Ann Savoy, Pamela Villoresi,
Franco Branciaroli, Laura Betti, Ivica Pajer
Loosely based on the famous “Mayerling Incident”, the film is set in a Central European kingdom towards the end of the 19th century. Bored by his very proper wife, the youthful heir to the throne spends his time in amorous dalliances on his sprawling country estate, which operates like a kind of proto hippy commune.
A mysterious “Circus of Truth” arrives, the champagne is spiked with drugs, and the party turns into a wild, naked orgy that culminates in death and tragedy. Much misunderstood and widely banned, the film caused a sensation when it screened at the Cannes film festival in 1976. Today, this overlooked masterpiece of European art cinema can finally be appreciated as one of the most original films of its era. There really is nothing else like it in world cinema.
This first Blu Ray edition, uncut and restored from the original negative, comes with a host of exclusive special features.
Trailer, interview with film historian Michael Brooke, Interview with cast member Pamela Villoresi, interview with writer Giovanna Gagliardo
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