Circus (; translit.Tsirk) is a 1936 Soviet melodramatic comedy musical film. It was directed by Grigori Aleksandrov and Isidor Simkov at the Mosfilm studios. In his own words, it was conceived as "an eccentric comedy...a real side splitter."
Orlova plays an American circus artist who, after giving birth to a black baby (played by James Lloydovich Patterson), immediately becomes a victim of racism and is forced to stay in the circus, but finds refuge, love and happiness in the USSR. Her black son is embraced by friendly Soviet people. The movie climaxes with a lullaby being sung to the baby by representatives of various Soviet ethnicities taking turns.
|author||Ilya Ilf Valentin Kataev Yevgeny Petrov|
|events||Wide Is My Motherland|
|keywords||african american american baby circus colorize ethnicity force giving birth lullaby racism racism in the united states united states ussr|
|theme||black melodrama musical race and ethnicity|