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The Show of Shows

The Show of Shows
  • 2015
  • Iceland, UK
  • 76 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Benedikt Erlingsson

Documentary collage celebrating old-school entertainment, from three-ring circuses to burlesque, rodeo riders and public stunts. The high-wire acts are genuinely exciting and there's some stomach-turning footage of child boxers in distress. With no commentary or context, it's a bit repetitive but at best it's an intriguing glimpse into a lost world.

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The Show of Shows

30 Nov 20153 stars

Enjoyable if fairly repetitive documentary focusing on old-school entertainment

The Show of Shows is a film to warm the heart of every Barnum & Bailey, Billy Smart and Bertram Mills on the planet. Icelandic director Benedikt Erlingsson’s follow-up to his much admired Of Horses and Men is a documentary collage celebrating old-school…

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