This feature-length documentary offers an inside look into the workings of a travelling circus. In 1976, directors Tony Ianzelo and Torben Schioler followed the various people involved with the Royal Brothers' Circus as they set up their tents and put on their show. Fascinating to watch, the film captures the 24-hour-a-day brand of magic that the circus evokes while revealing the nature of the people who run it.
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Ages 14 to 17
Media Education - Popular Culture
Social Studies - Contemporary Issues
Discuss the entertainment value of the circus of bygone days. What elements of circus life attracted workers and performers? Discuss the negative aspects of this livelihood. Discuss recent allegations of animal cruelty by animal rights activists regarding circus animals. Account for the many reasons for the demise of the circus in recent times.