This film is so beautifully shot and its subject matter so lovingly handled, it will move you to tears. The sideshow is such an important part of our cultural heritage that, for this alone, everyone should see American Carny. Focusing on the world of the phenominally gifted Todd Robbins (and all of its inhabitants)was the single best choice Nick Basile could have made as a film maker. Mr. Robbins is the reigning master of all things carny. His humor, sophistication, and shear magnetism could make the most jaded of us easy marks for whatever he wishes to sell - however he wishes to sell it. The carnival has a rock star, and his name is Todd Robbins.