An old Chinese gentleman rides into the town of Abalone, Arizona and changes it forever, as the citizens see themselves reflected in the mirror of Lao's mysterious circus of mythical beasts.Written by
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The beginning and ending shots of the movie perfectly exemplify the "shooting-out-of-sequence" practice in film-making. You'll notice that the same exact camera setup is used for both shots, with Tony wearing the exact same costume. He simply rides toward the camera for the beginning of the story, and away from the camera for the end. Even the shadows from the sun are in the same alignment. See more »
About 33 minutes in we see the Abominable Snowman cranking a mechanical musical device on top of which are three small mechanical musicians: a clown playing a fiddle, a dog playing a piano, and, even though they've turned his head away from the camera, clearly Fred Flintstone on a relatively modern drum kit. See more »
Apollonius of Tyana:
You were born with a great love of humanity, Clinton Stark. But, this love soon turned to bitterness and contempt. Why? It's because in all your years, you've never been able to understand that perfection exists only as an ideal.
Who's interested in ideals? Get the money! That's what counts. Hold it out for the people, then grab at it. That's the truth! There's nothing in-between.
Apollonius of Tyana:
Oh, but there is. Life is sharing. You began with an extreme notion of man's good. His strength and his nobility. ...
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Excellent film that turns on a wonderful performance and great makeup
Unusually for a Geore Pal film, this movie does not have at its core the special effects, but rather a wonderful performance by Tony Randall (or more accurately, performances) and the makeup, which received the first Oscar (a special one) ever given for makeup. A good cast and script are also plusses. Read the original novella by Charles G. Finney if you can find it-it's well worth tracking down. Recommended.
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