Hippodrome (1961)

Genres - Drama, Romance  |   Sub-Genres - Melodrama  |   Run Time - 96 min.  |   Countries - Germany   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Hal Erickson

For some reason, European filmmakers are irresistibly attracted to the notion of sex and betrayal under the big top. The Austrian/German Hippodrome stars Gerhard Riedmann as a circus tiger trainer, hopelessly in love with ballerina Margit Nunme. The girl plays up to Riedmann so that she can join his act. The trainer is transferred to another circus, so Margit takes up with sharpshooter Willy Birgel. When Riedmann returns, the jealous Birgel drugs his tigers, then kills himself when he's found out.



animal-trainer, ballet-dance, circus, circus-performer, sharpshooter, suicide, tiger, love