Friday movie pick: the show must go on

by chuckofish

Yesterday at school it was my pleasure to host Hovey Burgess, who came to talk about the history of the circus in the U.S. Among other things, Hovey teaches in the Graduate Acting program at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. He taught for years in the drama division of The Julliard School as well and Robin Williams was one of his students. Hovey choreographed and appeared in Popeye (1980).

He has also been a part of our own flyover Circus Flora since 1991.

Anyway, although he was giving a lecture on the history of circus, Hovey wandered off the track a bit, and at one point he talked about seeing the movie Trapeze (1956) when he was fifteen and living in Kankakee, Illinois.


He went back every day for a week and this was when he decided to make the circus his life. This got me thinking about how things like this happen and how important books and movies and the arts in general are.

So my Friday movie pick is to watch Trapeze or some other great circus movie, such as The Greatest Show on Earth (1952)


or Circus World (1964)


or Big Top Pee Wee (1988)!


Skip anything involving Joan Crawford and Water for Elephants (2011).

Have a good weekend! I don’t know about you, but I’m ready.