The Greatest Showman



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The Greatest Showman
Michael Gracey

Set in mid-19th-century New York City, this musical navigates themes like the American Dream, class relations and othering. After being fired from his job, Phineas is desperate for a new occupation to support his family. But it’s not just about the money; he craves to change the world with his knack for magic and entertainment. At first he thinks running a wax museum is the right move, but the public’s interest is practically nonexistent. And so he ventures out to find the greatest performers, those ridiculed by society, to put on a show that no one will forget. But will his success make him lose sight of what is truly important?

Being loosely based on a historical figure, this musical can give insight into life in 19th century America. Therefore, the film has potential for interdisciplinary teaching in the subjects of History and Music! Individual songs can be analyzed or discussed afterwards with the help of lyrics.

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The Greatest Showman. Directed by Michael Gracey, 20th Century Fox, 2017. 105 min., FSK 6

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In favour of this entry

  • Award-winning
  • Explores historical contexts
  • Interdisciplinary or cross-curricular teaching