Various shots show a Victorian travelling 'sheep fair' being set up beside a hill in the countryside as part of the location filming of 'Far From the Madding Crowd'; we see lions in a cage, a clown being made up, a brown horse having black make-up applied to become 'Black Bess', a large woman in a kind of fairy costume has garish make-up applied and smokes a cigarette.
A girl in a Victorian hooped-skirt climbs a ladder and is about to walk a tightrope; director John Schlesinger checks the shot through a view finder and discusses with cameraman - could be Nicolas Roeg (director of photography). The crowd and performers are filmed; we see people crowding into a circus tent, passing costumed characters on a stage at the front. More preparations as arc lamps are adjusted; a man has his teeth painted black. Two characters perform as Punch and Judy before the film cameras. Two of the stars of the film, Julie Christie and Peter Finch are filmed walking through the fair.
Inside the circus tent, crowded with extras, the crew prepare to film; a lighting man takes the exposure beside the faces of Peter Finch and Julie Christie's stand-in. M/S of the real Julie talking with Peter Finch as they sit in the circus audience.
There follows a clip from the film 'Far From the Madding Crowd', where Terence Stamp, heavily disguised as Sergeant Troy, performs in the circus swashbuckling skit 'Turpin's Ride to York and the Death of Black Bess', and fights with his 'opponent', giving Julie Christie a meaningful glance along the way. The clip ends when Sergeant Troy slices off an opponent's head and the man goes scurrying off.
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