October 30th, 2008

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The Show Must Go On

I've been watching all the movies that have won the Oscar for Best Picture. Next on my list was the 1952 winner, Cecil B. DeMille's The Greatest Show on Earth. Incredibly, this was famed producer DeMille's only Oscar win. (He lost Best Director for this film and Best Picture for the 1957 film The Ten Commandments.) He also received an honorary Oscar in 1950 for his 37 years of "brilliant showmanship."

Part documentary, part drama, part musical, the Technicolor film blends real circus performances with the fictional story of some performers. A visual extravaganza, the movie strives to bring the circus alive but sometimes drags as a result.

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