A circus and its attractions: besides exotic animals, charming trapeze artists, and vigorous strongmen, there are dwarfs, Siamese twins, microcephalics, hermaphrodites, legless men, and armless girls. The dynamic, intelligent, very tender, and very unkind “freaks” recounted by Tod Browning, whose parents were deaf and dumb and who was a circus entertainer before becoming a director and maestro of “diversity.” An evil masterpiece, in which Beauty doesn’t correspond to Good. At the time it was a shock, then it became a cult.
filmografia essenziale/essential filmography
The Wicked Darling (La bestia nera, 1919), White Tiger (Tigre Bianca, 1923), The Unholy Three (Il trio infernale, 1925), The Road to Mandalay (Il capitano di Singapore, 1926), The Black-bird (Il corvo, 1926), The Unknown (Lo sconosciuto, 1927), Dracula (id., 1931), Freaks (id., 1932), Mark of the Vampire (I vampiri di Praga, 1935), The Devil Doll (La bambola del diavolo, 1936).
Usa, 1932, 64’, bn/bw
dal racconto/from the short story Spurs di/by Clarence Aaron «Tod» Robbins
Willis Goldbeck, Loen Gordo, Edgar Allan Wolf, Al Boasberg
Merritt B. Gerstad
Cedric Gibbons, Merrill Pye
interpreti e personaggi/cast and characters
Wallace Ford (Phroso), Leila Hyams (Venere), Harry Earles (Hans), Olga Baclanova (Cleopatra), Henry Victor (Hercules), Daisy Earls (Frieda), Roscoe Ates (Roscoe)