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Varieté PG rating

This under-appreciated classic of German silent cinema stars Emil Jannings as Boss, a middle-aged circus acrobat whose life is derailed by a seductive stranger (Lya de Putti).

Drama 1925 94 mins Silent

Director: E.A. Dupont

Overview

This under-appreciated classic of German silent cinema stars Emil Jannings as Boss, a middle-aged circus acrobat whose life is derailed by a seductive stranger (Lya de Putti). His frankly erotic obsession plays out against a backdrop of seedy showbiz glamour, culminating in trapeze scenes shot at Berlin’s world-famous Wintergarten.

Karl Freund’s vertiginously mobile camera work, which captures the aerial exploits – and emotional turmoil – of Boss and his fellow performers, will have you up there with them, holding your breath...