Der Tod des Flohzirkusdirektors (1973)

Ottocaro Weiss (the main character in the film) has a flea circus that, for external circumstances (insecticides), is out "actors". Then he decided to make a show about the bubonic plague.


Thomas Koerfer
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Cast overview:
François Simon François Simon ... Ottocaro Weiss
Paul Gogel Paul Gogel ... Johannes Wagner
Norbert Schwientek Norbert Schwientek ... Stephan Moosbrugger
Janine Weill Janine Weill ... Anja, Artistin
Gothard Dietrich Gothard Dietrich ... Zirkusdirektor
Gerhard Dorfer ... Versicherungsagent
Peter Kner Peter Kner ... TV Redaktor
Wolfgang Rottsieper Wolfgang Rottsieper ... Germanist
Wolfgang Warncke Wolfgang Warncke ... Sprecher
Edzard Wüstendörfer Edzard Wüstendörfer ... Stadtbeamter


With the help of his assistant Anja, Ottocaro Weiss intends to put the plague on stage: circumstances beyond his control and a «lack of fresh talent» have forced him to close down his flea circus. For Weiss, the plague means the «extinction of everything that makes life miserable and low», and freedom along with it. Unbeknownst to him, he has won the support of a patron who is of the exact opposite opinion: for Johannes Wagner, the plague is an «organising principle», and, aided by his agent Moosbrugger, he is able to smuggle a new number onto the program. Whereas Ottocaro Weiss means to represent the plague theatrically, what appears on stage is the scientific reality of the rat-borne infestation. Wagner believes that he is doing a service to a super-civilized humankind by unleashing the epidemic, but he is foiled by Weiss, whose need to salvage his own personal credibility and regain the political dimension he had lost leads him to exchange the theatre's world of appearances for ... Written by Anonymous

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flea circus | based on play | See All (2) »





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Switzerland | France


French | German

Release Date:

September 1974 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

Death of the Flea Circus Director See more »

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1.37 : 1
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