Cinema: Absolutely Everything

Jumbo has a lot of reasons to be a white elephant. To begin with, the show is based on a Broadway musical of the same name that lost money in 1935 and hasn't been heard of since. What's more, the story is set in a circus, a subject that unfailingly transforms a moviemaker's grey matter into pink cotton candy. Furthermore, the picture has absolutely everything—Panavision, Metrocolor, stars galore, 200 animals, 2,000 extras, a $5,000,000 budget. Yet somehow in spite of, or because of, all the tanbark and trumpets, clowns and candy-butchers, high wires, low jinks and desperate little dogs that...

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