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Notes on the Circus (1966)

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The short film is a montage of sped up video clips of The Ringling Brothers Circus in action set to a musical track. The film is separated into four segments, each segment which focuses on ... See full summary »

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The short film is a montage of sped up video clips of The Ringling Brothers Circus in action set to a musical track. The film is separated into four segments, each segment which focuses on different acts within the circus. The later segments often incorporate clips from earlier segments, mostly as background to the featured acts. The speed of the video clips match the tempo of the soundtrack music. Written by Huggo

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Like watching a home movie shot by a kid ...
3 November 2013 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

The earlier reviewer of this movie has hit the nail on the head in terms of what this looks like. I disagree, however, on what he perceives as its level of awfulness. This doesn't just look like it was shot by a kid, it is clearly intended to show its audience the sort of sensory overload a kid might undergo during a first trip to the circus: flashing images of performers, wild beasts in cage and lots of very strange music that sounds old-fashioned and a bit silly. It's a clear point-of-view short subject and needs to be appreciated and considered as such.

I will agree that it is bad, but not for the technical reasons. It simply goes on far too long to be interesting. It's got a simple artistic thesis and to an adult audience -- for whom it is clearly intended -- doesn't vary enough to keep it worthwhile for its twelve-minute length. Four would probably have been more than enough.


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