Grand Illusions (1987)

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    United Kingdom

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    Non Fiction


Documentary about the exotic lives of entertainers during the course of a single day. Includes: breakfast with regurgitator Stevie Starr; backstage with belly dancer Xanadu and her python in Soho; and a home for retired variety artists where they are still performing as vigouressly as ever. As dusk falls, the line between fantasy and reality blurs.

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