Charming but ever so slight, Sergio Citti's picaresque tale of three unlikely Magi is a welcome alternative to the usual holiday pap. Driven from one Italian village into the next, the hardscrabble "Circus of the Fly" entices audiences with the promise of "the
most ferocious of all beasts." But all the three scrappy clowns (Silvio Orlando, Patrick Bauchau and Rolf Zacher) really have to offer are themselves, dressed as German soldiers and sinister Mafiosi: Man, after all, is a very scary animal. That conceit doesn't go over particularly well with cabbage-flinging, circus-going crowd, and the performers themselves begin to reconsider their attitude after agreeing to ...