March, in another powerful role, is the manager of a little Czech circus that is trying to get across the border through the Iron Curtain to freedom. March's family has owned the circus for generations. When the communists take over Czechoslovakia, his young performers are drafted into the
service and his equipment sadly goes to seed without proper repair and replacement parts, which the new regime denies him. Moreover, he is told he no longer owns the circus but operates it for the benefit of the state. His troupers are instructed to perform their routines so that the communist
credo is emphasized, which rankles the fiercely independent March. He nevertheless play...