The Show of Shows
Freak Shows, Cabarets and Circus Performers

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If you like great music (Sigur Ros!) and rare, stunning images, this is a film for you. It's hard to define, really a visual essay about a bygone era when entertainment wasn't virtual and safe, but visceral and weird. With circuses around the world closing, this film provides the opportunity ...Read more

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