Number of Times Seen –2 (sometime in 1995 and 23 Feb 2014)
Brief Synopsis – The daily workings of a traveling 3 ring circus from the animal trainings to the trapeze artists to the clown who make everyone laugh.
My Take on it – This movie is truly nothing to write home about. There are a few interesting circus feats that are enjoyable to watch, but there isn’t much of a plot or interesting characters since everyone is a caricature of known circus acts.
There’s even a clown who refuses to ever take off his face paint played by Jimmy Stewart.
The director, Cecile B.DeMille was such a perfectionist that he forced every actor to do there own circus stunts.
This movie is known for being the most politically charged choice for a Best Picture Oscar. DeMille was loved by everyone for so many years and it’s rival High Noon (1952) had too many Communist undertones to it including a writer who was blacklisted by Congress, so this movie won Best Picture because of the fear of Academy members of the HUAC committee.
Winner of 2 (of 5) Oscars. It won Best Picture and Best Story.
It lost Best Director (DeMille), Costumes and Film Editing
This movie is just a spectacle for the circus acts and nothing more.
What a travesty!!! 😦
Bottom Line – Very mediocre Best Picture winner that won because of politics and not because it was the best movie of the year. Truly a disgrace that this beat High Noon (1952)
Rating – BAFTA Worthy
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