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A carnival barker displays a sideshow freak called the Feathered Hen and tells her story. Cleopatra, a trapeze artist with the carnival, is adored by a midget named Hans. Frieda, Hans' fiancée (also a midget), warns Hans that Cleopatra is only interested in him so that he will give her money. Cleopatra has an affair with Hercules, and when Frieda lets it slip that Hans is to come into an inheritance, Cleopatra and Hercules plan to get the money be having Cleopatra marry Hans. During the wedding reception, Cleopatra, although openly romantic with Hercules, is accepted by the freaks, but is revolted and mocks them. The freaks decide that they no longer need Hercules in their carnival and have a new career for Cleopatra all lined up, and make sure she doesn't 'chicken' out.
A startlingly brave film for the time it was made in, Freaks is a powerful, empathetic story that still retains its power today. Quite who the real monsters are becomes clearer the more we are taken into the world of these circus performers. The horror arrives not from those who appear different from the 'norm' but those who cannot accept them.
There are moments of course where Tod Browning verges on exploiting the very same people he is trying to humanise. Some scenes are clearly set up as a spectacle, such as the man without limbs lighting his own cigarette or the rush to the bearded lady's tent to see her newborn. Yet by not filming their performances in the…
We accept you, one of us! Gooble Gobble!
A year after Tod Browning immortalized Bela Lugosi as Dracula he came out with the ever so controversial Freaks, a film that, all things considered, is better then the director's more famous earlier outing. It's also the film that supposedly brought on the demise of his career.
Looking at the poster you can see the studio trying to sell the picture as an exploitation flick with headlines like "Can a full grown woman truly love a midget?". MGM was basically acting like a carnival barker trying to get spectators to look at their "freakshow".
The film itself is much more then the poster suggests though. While it's cast mostly all have…
This holds up tremendously in one definitive category- the frank depiction of everyday freak-life. It's less about acting and more about real deformities captured in mundane existence. This is a sad film by the end, generating huge amounts of empathy without forcing trite stereotypes upon the freaks. They exist as they are and therefore the film refuses to spotlight the performers with any fake qualities. The honesty on screen is what has aged this finely. Director Todd Browning does not shy away from the shit luck these people were dealt in life. In the end, the story concludes as an essential morality tale and a fascinating window into the past.
If Richard Linklater time traveled and landed in a crazy circus atmosphere, Freaks is the movie that would have been inspired in him. Like Linklater films, the plot is there, but minimal and not as important as it's community of characters. We are given a glimpse into the life and mind of all the norms and "Freaks", capturing this twisted Circus World so vividly and sympathetically.
Now that's what I call an ending.
Todavía, el flashback más crudo de la Historia del Cine.
Las habrá más salvajes, las habrá más incorrectas, las habrá más enternecedoras, insólitas o desoladoras, pero ninguna es todo eso (y mucho más) a la vez. Esa es la razón por la que 'Freaks' es una película sin parangón.
It's a valuable movie culturally, but it still doesn't make this a good movie. This was now my second viewing, last time was 2002 or 2003. Now I got something more out of it because if I'm being honest, then I watched this only because of those freaks (and because of Bowie). Now I also saw a plot and characters behind it. The story is too loose to work the whole hour and the ending is very clumsy. But there is sense in this story and this has beginning, middle and ending and it even has a lesson: a bad person gets what she deserves (a classic lesson). Naturally, actors weren't the best ever but Frieda was quite good for an amateur. What amazed me the most was that they really tried to make this a proper movie and not just a freak show. I liked that.
Es un poco difícil describir el encanto de “Freaks”. Por un lado, es una película perturbadora hasta el día de hoy, que nos sitúa en un circo, acompañado de… pues, fenómenos y, por otro, es una alegoría sobre la explotación de una minoría y sus trágicas consecuencias. A poco más de una hora, es una cinta sumamente efectiva que se torna hipnótica desde su primera escena hasta la final (con una imagen que seguro no olvidarán).
“Freaks”, de Tod Browning, es una especie de clásico de culto que haría una muy buena doble función con “Even Dwarfs Started Small”, de Werner Herzog. He aquí una propuesta inusual pero extrañamente absorbente. Recomendable.
This is not the documentary on kink that I had been led to believe it was.
Gooble gobble one of us one of us.
Freaks > AHS: Freakshow
Film #3: ⅕ Films From Before 1970
Freaks has a strange ability to generate fear throughout the entire picture, even without showcasing any real creepy content (except for the ending). It’s one nerve-wracking experience, that constantly builds tension. I will admit, it does feel dated in a sense, but the themes and commentary on discrimination still make this flick historically significant, to this day.
I'm honestly not sure what to say about this movie. It's quite possibly the only film I can think of that has actually aged out of its original genre - it might have been released as a horror movie, but it's hard to say that's what it is now. By modern standards, it's much closer to a slightly exploitative but still very empathetic drama (with a pretty gruesome ending, mind you).
It's honestly a bit of a shock to the senses when it begins - the majority of the cast were actual sideshow freaks, and they are genuinely off-putting at first; the dwarfs among them are actually the most recognizable as "normal", in…
This was a weird little gem. Not sure what else to say about it. But that's ok because I am sure there are others on site that have posted their opinions.
"Their code is a law unto themselves: offend one and you offend them all."
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