The Last Real Circus



Refined and expanded from its first edition in

the Virginia Festival of American Film.

Meet the lion and elephant

trainers, the ringmaster, the chief clown, the operations manager,

the owners, the roustabouts. Glimpse the human side of this

traveling community that blends a wide diversity of personalities and

ethnic origins into a smoothly running, focused group that is able,

every few days, to entirely pack up, move hundreds of miles, and

mount anew, a live entertainment that fills a tent the size of a

football field. Yet in the midst of this seasonal on-the-road life, they

are able to maintain their family ties, and the friendships that bind

them together as performers. That their culture now seems

threatened by the age of electronic entertainment casts new

perspective on a way of life whose survival for the past hundred

years has rested on its own unique sense of community.

 

The traveling three-ring circus is a truly

American cultural form that has been

performing around the country under canvas

since the 1880s. Photographed the last year

before the circus began changing its

century-old traditions, this documentary

faithfully captures a day in the life of

a classic American family entertainment.




The Last Real

Circus

VHS 55 min ....$29.95 ....$4.50 S&H

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ALSO AVAILABLE AS TWO HALF-HOUR TITLES:

 

RAISING THE BIG TOP

(Arrival and setting up)

VHS 30 min ....$19.95 ....$4.50 S&H

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UNDER THE BIG TOP

(The three-ring show and after)

........VHS 30 min ....$19.95 ....$4.50 S&H

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