Shhhhhh…don’t tell Uncle Al about this post (or August if you’re a script reader). Travel Film Archive unearthed some vintage behind-the-scenes footage of Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey and Hill’s Society circus’. Let’s ditch our rube lifestyle and take a look at what went on behind the Big Top.
These vintage vids are a perfect look into what we should expect from ‘Water For Elephants‘ the film…it’s actual circus footage from the 1930s! Highlights in the first vid from Hill’s Society Circus include:
- 1:23 check out the cookhouse! some TENSE WFE moments happened in the cookhouse.
- 1:50 feeding the elephants…is it watermelon?
- 2:09 roustabouts pitching the tents!
The next vintage vid from Travel Film Archive shows a more extravagant circus. Yup. Known other than Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Highlights include:
- :56 view several horse tricks which happen to be the foundation of the modern American circus.
- 6:42 view elephant acts being rehearsed