Man on a Tightrope

Synopsis: In 1950s Czechoslovakia circus manager Karel Cernik is planning an escape from Communism to freedom.His idea is to force his way across the guarded border using his entire circus.Three years in the making his idea is ready to be tested when he's suddenly summoned to a Secret Police routine questioning about his circus' program.To Cernik it's clear that he has an informer among his staff who reports his activities and private talks to the Secret Police. The Americans are just across the river in a nearby border village but Cernik needs a special permit from the Secret Police allowing his circus freedom of movement in the border areas to perform his shows.This hard to get permit is vital to his escape plan.To make matters worse his wife is being unfaithful, his daughter has fallen in love with the new stables boy,his circus is falling apart and his longtime rival, Barovik, wants to take over Cernik's circus.
Director(s): Elia Kazan
Production: Twentieth Century Fox
  1 win.
 
IMDB:
7.1
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Year:
1953
105 min
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(SIREN BLARING)

(INDISTINCT SHOUTING)

Move those

trucks off the road.

Get them off the road!

Move them off the road!

What's the matter?

Come on. Get off.

What's happening here?

Get off!

(ELEPHANT TRUMPETING)

Move them! Move, move, move!

Come on. Move them! Let's go!

KONRADIN:
Cernik! Cernik!

The tractor's off the road.

It's in the ditch.

Get off the road.

My name's Karel Cernik.

I'm the manager of

this circus.

I have a permit to travel.

Get your wagons in the ditch.

Do as you're told.

That's it.

(INDISTINCT)

Get it off the road.

Change your expression. Smile.

Or they'll know

what you're thinking.

Mr. Cernik.

Look at that. Rear axle

on that trailer's broken.

KONRADIN:
Guys, come on.

Again?

Vosdek.

Vosdek!

Joe, my father wants you.

Be right with you, sir.

Here. I'll finish.

No. It's finished.

Check it, will you, please?

Check your knots.

(LAUGHS)

The rear axle

on my trailer.

Again?

Again.

Call all the men in

the circus by their

first names?

If I know them well enough.

Yes. Why?

I don't like it.

You're my daughter, Tereza.

I work in this circus, too.

I earn what I'm paid.

I'll do as I please.

You are my daughter.

That young man is

a stranger to us.

He's been with

the circus for

nearly a year.

He's still a stranger.

Do you know

anything about him?

Where he came from?

Who are his people?

I know that I like him,

I like to be with him,

and I will be with him

just as much as I want.

You will have nothing to do

with Vosdek outside of

your work.

(HORSE NEIGHING)

What's that

bandage on Maria?

It's nothing. When we stopped

suddenly, she got kicked.

She'll be all right.

I wish we could take

better care of you, baby.

MAN:
Coming through.

(ALL SHOUTING)

Rotten. Rotten.

If that had happened

in a performance,

somebody would

have broken his neck.

Everything's rotten.

You're right.

Everything's falling apart.

Father, I'm sorry that

I flared up.

But you don't need

to be worried about Joe.

He's a good man.

He's decent.

He's clean and...

I'm not worrying

about him.

About you, my darling.

Isn't your fault that

you're as ignorant

as a child.

You haven't anyone

to teach you.

No mother, no school,

except the circus.

No one but me.

I've had no time.

Come on. Come on.

We didn't stop here

just to smoke.

Get moving!

Come on, Max! Get up!

We have a performance

in Volary tomorrow.

We entertain the people.

Get this circus back on

the road. Come on, Max.

Get moving!

Get this circus on the road!

Hurry up back there!

(BAND PLAYING SOMBER MUSIC)

(AUDIENCE APPLAUDING)

(BAND PLAYING LIVELY MUSIC)

(AUDIENCE LAUGHING)

Hurry, hurry, hurry,

hurry, hurry.

Hurry, hurry, hurry.

Hurry, hurry, hurry, hurry.

Hurry. Hurry.

(INDISTINCT)

(SHUSHING)

(AUDIENCE SCREAM)

Jaromir.

Police are in the house.

What?

Police.

Private or secret?

Secret.

Where?

You sure?

Yes.

Come on.

(ALL SCREAM)

I really frightened

them that time,

didn't I?

The police are here.

Police? Where?

(BAND STOPS)

(BAND RESUMES PLAYING)

Enough!

(JAZZ SONG PLAYING ON RADIO)

(MUSIC STOPS)

Wait! What are you doing?

(SHUSHING)

Police are here.

(WHISPERING) Since when is it

a crime to listen to music?

If you don't mind my asking,

what are you trying to do

with that chalk?

Everybody around

here complains because

I don't work with the circus.

They say

I'm just a piece

of excess baggage.

So, I'm working up an act.

Oh, I see.

(CLICKS TONGUE)

(LAUGHS)

A man in Carlsbad

once told me I had the most

beautiful toes in the world.

Yeah, I know.

I was that man

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