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I believe it is because the film was seen as a "last chance" vote for De Mille; particularly ironic given that C.B. received the Thalberg that year as well, and for the same reason: for creating and producing consistently high-quality movies. De Mille's best work was decades behind him when he filmed the 1951 edition of the Ringling Brothers - Barnum & Bailey Circus. The subplots, purple prose and some of the situations have more in common with the silent cinema spectacles for which De Mille is justly famed than they do with the realities of running a three-ring railroad circus plus midway under canvas on the road for an 8-month season.
One subplot almost derailed the production, in fact. From its beginnings, Ringling Brothers was renowned for running a totally honest show. Considering that at one point Ringling had been nicknamed 'the Sunday-School Show' for its total intolerance of grifters, pickpockets and thieves, the subplot involving a dishonest rival circus owner planting a team of con men on the show to run the midway's games of chance was about as welcome to the circus's management as a skunk at a picnic.Read more ›
Just watch when the acrobatic perfromer is real actor and look-like stunts. The techinique used in this film can now be the basic of stunts.
EYE MOVEMENTS OF CAMEO ACTOR/ACTRESSES
This is another challenge for Hollywood. How spectators not seeing the real act react as if they did. A number of cameo actors/actresses including child actor/actresses did the job quite well.
Well-trained Elephant played a key role in this movie. This movie might prompted using animals as movie actors in the movies afterward.
This movie mixes the preparation and performance of real circus and use this scene quite effectively. Mixture of reality with virtual reality is what this movie shines.
SAFETY NET OR NO SAFETY NET?
This is quite a big dabate for a long time. Performers might not like safety net particularly top-artist like Sebastian.
But as a manager safety net is necessary for the lives of performers. This film described this age-long dilenma into drama quite well.
This is the state-of-the-art SFX techinic at this time. It was several years before THE BRIDGE OVER RIVER KWAI. Creating such scene might be the directors' challenge in 1952.
This movie lifted the art of movies into another height. Though the drama might be a bit soapy and the techinique a bit outdated. This movie still can entertain us.
Recommended for classic movie fans.