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Freaks

Freaks
  • 1932
  • US
  • 15
  • Directed by: Tod Browning
  • Written by: Tod Robbins
  • Cast: Wallace Ford, Leila Hyams, Olga Baclanova, Henry Victor, Harry Earles
  • Language: English, German

Browning's infamous and long-banned 1932 classic is the story of a group of travelling circus 'freaks' – Half Boy, Bearded Lady, Living Torso, Armless Woman, etc – who visit a terrible revenge on the beautiful trapeze artist Cleopatra for a crime committed against one of their own. The press and public reacted with disgust to Browning's casting of real circus freaks. The terrible irony is that Browning champions the deformed over the superficially beautiful. Freaks is as wonderfully weird as it is warm and humane, alternately funny, creepy and genuinely shocking. It's been much misunderstood but remains utterly unique.

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