A little known film classic. Only just available on DVD from Lovefilm and long awaited. Although somewhat stereotypical of 50s America, it encapsulates the rubber necking mentality within so many of us and the brutal, fly-by-night necromancy of the press. T
The first family to 'turn up' at the scene of Leo's misfortune are also one of the last to depart and the women in this family cries as they pack up to leave after Leo's death. Why? Is it a) because she feels for Leo and his family, b) because she feels the shame of her own cruelly voyeuristic ways or c) because she has now to return to her own mundane, workaday life and, both literally and symbolically, leave the carnival behind? I suspect it's a mixture of all three, and sums up the mood of the film.
If exploding cars don't do it for you (and let's face it, there's more to Cinema than the ubiquitous exploding car) and you like your movies to be a little more thought-provoking, watch Ace in the Hole.