Freaks | Tod Browning | US 1932 | 64 Min | DCP
Double Feature with 2551.02

© 1932 WBEI

Double Feature with 2551.02 – The Orgy of the Damned

Tod Browning’s Freaks has given SLASH its soul. Emotions run amok in a sideshow after a little person named Hans marries the beautiful Cleopatra—against all warnings. When she bares her true nature at the wedding feast, the “freaks” launch a counterattack. No other film tells a clearer story of the humanity of “monsters” and the monstrosity of human beings as such. A call for solidarity among the ostracized, a manual for insurrection and civil disobedience. “Gooble gobble, one of us!”

The SLASH Film Festival shows Freaks every year as part of the main festival program. (mk)

Tod Browning
Tod Browning (1880–1962) was the helmer of seminal movies like the classic 1931 Dracula starring Bela Lugosi, The Devil Doll and, of course, Freaks. After performing in carnivals and vaudeville circuits for more than a decade and working as an actor for D.W. Griffith and others, he transitioned to directing and screenwriting. Specializing in exotic, crook, bizarre, and mystery melodramas, he had his breakthrough in 1925 with The Unholy Three, a story about a sideshow ventriloquist, midget, and strongman teaming up to commit robberies. His sensibilities later fell out of style in a Hollywood that was increasingly looking for glamour. Miracles for Sale (1939) would become his final feature.
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Language eOV
Cast Wallace Ford, Leila Hyams, Olga Baclanova, Roscoe Ates, Henry Victor, Daisy Earles
Writer Willis Goldbeck, Leon Gordon
Editing Basil Wrangell
Cinematography Merritt B. Gerstad


Double Feature with 2551.02