Circus Week, Day 5

And now, something for the grown-ups.  (And one kiddie movie, because I just can't not feature it.)

Circus, Carnival, & Sideshow-Related Books, Fiction and Non-Fiction
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (of course)                                  
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
Freaks: We Who Are Not As Others by Daniel Mannix
Under the Big Top: A Season With the Circus by Bruce Feiler
The Circus Fire: A True Story of an American Tragedy by Stewart O'Nan (warning: very disturbing and sad) 

And I have not yet read Geek Love by Katherine Dunn.  People who know me tell me I will love it.  I'll get to it by the end of the year, I hope.

Circus, Carnival, & Sideshow-Related Viewing
Freaks (1932), directed by Tod Browning

The Wedding Feast scene
The Unknown (1927), also directed by Tod Browning, starring Lon Chaney and Joan Crawford
a clip from The Unknown 
Laugh, Clown, Laugh (1928), directed by Herbert Brenon, also starring Lon Chaney with a very young Loretta Young (you may watch the whole movie, sans soundtrack, on YouTube)
He Who Gets Slapped (1924), directed by Victor Sjostrom, once again starring my hero, Lon Chaney, alongside Norma Shearer and John Gilbert.  This was a very prestigious film, based on a famous Russian play.  It is also one of my very favorite movies.   And by the way - I love old-fashioned clowns!
a clip from He Who Gets Slapped
Carnivale (2003-2005), HBO.  A traveling carnival, but it shares an atmosphere with the best of the darker circus movies.  
opening credits
"Humbug," The X-Files, Season 2, Episode 20.  My favorite X-Files episode.  (The X-Files is currently available for streaming on Netflix.)  
a famous little clip from my favorite episode
Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988), directed by Stephen Chiodo.  Yep, I went there.
And last, I did say I had one more kiddie movie that I just had to feature.  Because it's my favorite Disney movie of all time - one of my favorite movies of all time - and my favorite circus movie, too.
What is there not to love about Dumbo (1941)?  I think it's the perfect Disney movie.  You can actually find the whole movie on YouTube, but I'm pretty sure the Disney company might have a problem with that. 
I know I left plenty off this list, and feel free to throw in your favorites, too - please!

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  1. Danzel! I need you to narrow it down for me :) I read Water for Elephants and loved it (and the movie too) But I haven't read any of the others so tell me which one you recommend the MOST.

    1. Have you not read The Night Circus? I think Melissa and Leanne would back me up on that one!!!

    2. Have not read it... but now I'm remembering reading references to it here and there. Ok, I'll pick it up!

    3. Yes do read it, Robyn! We are all big big fans of it. :)

    4. NIGHT CIRCUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! aaaaah NIGHT CIRCUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Best book EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      How's that for back up?? :)

  2. I loved the book Water for Elephants - the movie was ok but I didn't really like the Robert Pattinson/Reese Witherspoon dynamic - kinda blah, I thought.

    1. I thought Christoph Waltz was awesome in it. Other than that, it was okay to look at, but not rich enough in content. I much preferred the book.

    2. haven't see this yet or read the book -- I think I'll just read the book b/c I'm not really a Witherspoon fan and now when I see RPatz I just get mad over that cheatin' ho KStew -- I love commenting on other people's blogs cuz I can swear and stuff and say words like "ho".

      Also, TRAMPIRE. ha ha ha


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