All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1167. An easy way of seeing how…
The love story of a SIREN, a GIANT, and a DWARF!
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.
Film #1 of "Scavenger Hunt #4" Challenge!
Task #4 : Film featuring dwarf(s)
I imagine this film must have shook the audiences to their very core back in the 1930's when this came out! Mankind was still reeling over the fact the earth is round not flat! They were still very much stuck in a quagmire of old wives tales, omens and superstitions!
Tricky business depicting deformity in the cinema! More times than not.. in the cinematic equivalent of the "Dark Ages" depicting deformity earned your film a good sound banning!
Thankfully I'm from a time and age where deformed and or handicapped fellow human beings are no longer looked upon with repulsion or disgust and treated…
Film #6 of Project 30
”Gooble-gobble, gooble-gobble. We accept her. One of us, one of us.”
Tod Browning’s Freaks is a 65 minute nightmare, from the beginning to the end it is filled with a sense of terror, shock and disgust. It’s really hard to describe this strange experience with words, saying that it’s unsettling or frightening is not enough, Freaks is the definition of the word FEAR. Not just because its characters are physically deformed people who will send shivers down your spine with their terrible appearances, the main reason that this legendary horror film is so powerful and spine-chilling is that it finds a way of portraying that sadistic side of “human beings” without looking artificial or flamboyant.…
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.
What makes "Freaks" unsettling to this day is that it's one of the most misanthropic films ever made. A movie where the titular freaks are not the deformed, nor the normal-looking people. It's all of us.
Trapeze artist Cleopatra pretends to love sideshow midget Hans to gain access to his large inheritance. At their wedding reception, she gives Hans poisoned wine, while the other freaks initiate her into their group in the film's most famous scene.
When a terrified Cleopatra admits her scheme, the vengeful freaks melt her flesh to look like duck feet, then tar and feather her.
Tod Browning cast actual sideshow performers in the film including Harry and Daisy Earles, Daisy and Violet Hilton, Schlitzie, Josephine Joseph, Johnny Eck, Frances O'Connor, Lady Olga, Koo Koo, Prince Randian, Elizabeth Green, and Angelo Rossitto.
Despite MGM's attempt to mitigate the heinous atrocities committed by the freaks with a forced happy ending, contemporary criticism was unkind.…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Todd Browning's taboo breaking morality tale is melodramatic to a fault and the effects of it's message about the treatment of people with deformities and disabilities has been blunted over time, not to mention an extremely camp pay off in the form of Cleopatra's new look, given to her as revenge for her scheming ways. Still, it's entertaining and fascinating to think of the impact it must have had on audiences back then.
Grausam, unheimlich, dramatisch, verstörend, sympatisch und heute undenkbar.
There is two minutes of brilliance in this film, but only two.
The empathy on display here isn't just impressive for 1932, it'd be impressive today. Figures, of course, that people hated the movie, including the woman who claimed sitting through it caused her to have a miscarriage. A shame that the 90 minute cut doesn't exist anywhere, as I'm sure it's even better, more terrifying certainly and probably getting even more at the core of the humanity here.
The final 10 minutes of Freaks is so good, it's no wonder it has continued to influence generations of filmmakers.
What the film illustrates so well is the loving nature of the group of performers. When the balance is unsettled, they stand together against those who would do them harm. And what happens in the climax of this film is representative of that, but perhaps it’s also too far.
Una obra maestra. Con tan sólo 16 años Browning huyó de casa y se unió a una feria de freaks. A partir de su experiencia con ellos, crea uno de los melodramas más inquietantes de la historia del cine. Aquí no hay ni papel ni cartón, pues los freaks eran completamente reales. Creo que uno de los grandes aciertos de Browning al realizar "Freaks", estriba en no caer en la condescendencia fácil de convertirlos en víctimas inocentes ni tampoco en mostrarlos como monstruos, sino como lo que son, simplemente humanos.
La película esta rodada en gran medida en tono documental, (Sobre todo en las secuencias que muestran escenas de la vida cotidiana de los freaks) En esta película. casi siempre,…
Great 60-90 min films (for those days when you just don't have the energy to watch a 3 hour masterpiece)
Doesn't the title of the list explain it well enough? This is a list of 200+ quality "short" films. Easy…
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…