Juggling in Movies
[Carl Carlsson, Merlin Olsen, Pat Collins, Melinda Dillon, Gene Roche]
Based on the classic fable by Anatole France. About an itinerant
juggler who can't make a go of it in any "practical" line of work. On
Christmas Eve, it is customary for the clergy at Notre Dame cathedral
to offer presents to the statue of the Virgin Mary. He knows no craft,
can sing no song, can write no books. What can he offer the blessed
Virgin? The answer is implicit in the title, but even without the
element of surprise, The Juggler of Notre Dame is a captivating,
Carl Carlsson does a lot of juggling throughout this movie. During the
opening titles for the first 2 minutes
he juggles 3 balls, 3 rings, 3 clubs, 3 cigar boxes, 3 balls again,
and 3 hats.
At 07:31, for the next 5 minutes he
juggles 3 apples in a field,
then juggles the apples some more and passes apples with his friend,
then juggles a variety of fruits, vegetables, and eggs at an outdoor
market, then moves on to juggling 3 cigar boxes and 3 hats in a park,
then 3 clubs on a railroad track, and then spins 9 plates on sticks.
At 16:31, during a
he juggles 3 clubs and then exchanges rings with some people from his
he performs for the statue of the Virgin Mary,
juggling 3 clubs, a shaky 4 balls, some 3 ball tricks, 4 rings, spinning
plates, then 3 clubs followed by 3 rings while spinning 2 plates on a
mouthstick, and then finishing with spinning plates on sticks held in
both hands while still spinning 2 more plates on a mouthstick.
At 47:28, he juggles 3 balls, 3 clubs, and spins plates during the
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