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P.T. Barnum (1999)
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P.T. Barnum (1999)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 138 min.
Story: This series illustrates the life and career of P.T. Barnum, America's greatest showman and promoter. Starting as a young man who managed an old woman who was supposedly George Washington's nursemaid, we see his career as he finds success promoting curiosities and attractions with panache and a judicious mix of truth and creativity, whether it be promoting his museum or characters like the midget General Tom Thumb. Yet because the demands of his businesses, his family life is troubled and marred by tragedy. All the while, events lead to his greatest creation, the Ringling Brothers/Barnum & Bailey Circus.
Style: humorous, serious, captivating, realistic
Plot: circus, performer's life, family life, ambition, artists and showbiz, couples, showbiz, relationship vs career, midget, hoax, promotion

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Duration: 123 min.
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Style: touching, captivating, serious, realistic
Plot: rise to the top, ambition, performer's life, strong man, rising to stardom, artists and showbiz, humble, strongman, human
Time: 19th century
Place: canada, quebec
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Margot (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 85 min.
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My Nikifor (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Poland
Duration: 97 min.
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Genre: Biography
Country: UK
Duration: 100 min.
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Duration: 86 min.
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Style: realistic, captivating, serious, sentimental
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Duration: 82 min.
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Country: Canada, USA
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Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
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