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The Show of Shows (2015)

Stirring scenes of circuses past paired with melancholy music of musicians present.
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Stirring scenes of circuses past paired with melancholy music of musicians present.

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Iceland | UK

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4 December 2015 (UK) See more »

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The Show of Shows: 100 Years of Vaudeville See more »

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Difficult to Watch
25 July 2016 | by alisonc-1See all my reviews

"The Show of Shows" is a documentary about circuses; it is short (77 minutes), non-linear (jumping around in time from the earliest films of circus acts to about the mid-1960s) and not narrated - instead, a score was created by members of Sigur Ros to create the mood for each section of the film. It's divided into categories - dancers, tightrope walkers, clowns, acrobats and so on - and probably gives more or less equal time to each, but it felt that half the film contained images of animal acts, and that was, for me, its downfall. Until relatively recently, nobody regulated the treatment of the animals, and you could see, very easily, how very stressed and unhappy and in some cases tortured these animals were; it was truly painful to look at. I can't recommend it for that reason, even though some of the old footage is fascinating. Definitely not for most.


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