Throughout Western history, racism has always been a problem. The movie Circus took this into account, and criticizes the West for being discriminating and racist against black people, namely against the black baby that the woman in the circus belongs to. It’s undeniable that there was such discrimination in the West, especially against black people (in the US) and against other minorities such as Jews throughout Europe. However, that’s not to say that the USSR wasn’t any better. Even though the USSR certainly may have stamped out discrimination legally, that’s not to say that the Russian people themselves weren’t racist, and didn’t discriminate against people of other ethnicities. Rather than by ethnicity, the USSR categorized people according to what country they were from. In a country with 180 languages, it’s hard to imagine that there wasn’t any discrimination.
A second thing that comes to mind is that at the end of the movie, the woman who stayed in the USSR was happy in the arms of the Soviet people. However, in a country with a horrible totalitarian government and a ruined economy in which people starved to death, it’s hard to imagine that anyone could possible be happy. Were this movie real life, that woman would soon be miserable and regret her decision.