Carnival Crews

Money, lust, revenge and… carnies? While these words could just as easily describe an episode of Jersey Shore, in actuality they describe the shocking plotline of the 1932 horror flick Freaks.

The film is described as an honest representation of human relationships and the alienation of people with abnormalities. It was also one of the most controversial films of the pre-code era (a brief period of creative freedom before movies were regulated by a strict moral code), because it featured real sideshow acts instead of actors.

Freaks is the most outrageous of the pre-code films because director Tod Browning came from a carny background. He cast real freaks as the freaks, many of whom he knew,” explains Hal Astell, who will present a screening of the film at The Royale in Mesa. “There is a pair of Siamese twins; the human torso; pinheads -- and all of these characters are the heroes.”
Sun., Aug. 21, 2 p.m., 2011

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