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Saturday 19th October 2019

Circus City Screening of Freaks

— Space, 6 West Street, Old Market, Bristol BS2 0BH
A casual screening of Tod Browning's 1932 cult film 'Freaks'
time:16:00
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Audiences for KooKoo the Birdgirl later the same day are invited to see the film that has inspired Sarah Houbolt's show. 2005 DVD blurb below:

'Gobble-gobble...we accept her...one of us', goes the haunting chant of Freaks. Yet it would be decades before this widely banned morality play gained acceptance as a cult masterpiece. Tod browning (1931'2 Dracula) directs this landmark movie in which the true freaks are not the story's sideshow performers but 'normals' who mock and abuse them.

Browning, a former circus contortionist, cast real-life sideshow professionals. A living torso who nimble lights his own cigarette despite having no arms or legs, microcephalics (whom the play calls 'pinheads') - they and others play the big-top troupers who inflict a terrible revenge on a trapeze artist who treats them as subhumans.
In 1994, Freaks was selected for that National Film Registry's archive of cinematic treasures.

A 'masterpiece of baroque cinema' - Wiki link - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freaks_(1932_film)

60 mins, rated 15

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TOD BROWNING'S FREAKS - (1931) Trailer

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Circus City Screening of Freaks at Space, 6 West Street, Old Market, Bristol BS2 0BH in Bristol
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