The Greatest Show on Earth

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The Greatest Show on Earth


Cucciolo, Ruggera and Alberto on the set of the film with a horse trainer


Cecil DeMille's The Greatest Show on Earth won five Oscars in 1953. It was a glorification of the circuses Ringling and Barnum e Bailey (that had united) in the moment of the circus's highest splendor, in all its symbolism of resilience and optimism after the war. Alberto e Ruggera have brief spoken parts, but Cucciolo is featured in longer scenes.


“The Greatest Show on Earth,” Italian-American Memories: Documentary Archive, accessed July 1, 2022,