#4 – Night at the Circus
No better distraction than death on a trapeze.
Inspiration for Photo #4: Murder! (1930), and that ending! (SPOILERS AHEAD)
Being mesmerized and being in shock are what thread this film together. Both similar states of being in that you are in a haze and consumed all at once. A young woman commits a murder out of desperation and then comes to find out that there was a witness, one that will make impossible demands on her for his silence.
Hitchcock does a brilliant job of playing with your emotional attachments and turning the person who did not commit the murder into the vilest of villains.
And what an ending! Sorry to ruin it for you if you haven’t seen the film – I’ll tread carefully. Let’s just say you may never enjoy an trapeze routine again…
Behind the Scenes:
Director – Lisa Stock
Photographer – JoAnn Sheppe
Cast – (L to R) Nesheen Parris, Linda Latona, Aaron SImmons, Cody Sisco, Alexa Sheppe, David Haddard, Lucas Sheppe, Thai Cromer, Shae Roberts, Steve Pope, Heather Witherill
Well, it’s about time this story got to a bit of murder. Did you see the circus out the window in shot #3? Here it is! BUT, my question to you would be – Is this murder the one that really matters in OUR story?
This was a fun day, and I’m sending a big Thank You to this cast for their patience and willingness and good humor. When I saw this scene in the film, I immediately knew it was the one I wanted to create. The crowd, the mayhem, things happening underneath it all. And this group, each with their own separate reaction, gave me numerous good takes to choose from. And a big thank you to JoAnn as well for taking the shot – because I’m in this one… LOOK at every corner, clues abound. And maybe we’ll see some of these faces again.
(it’s always good to have props you can eat)
Up Next: Number 17 (1932)