The Movie Freaks
Transcript of The Movie Freaks
The Movie 'Freaks' Produced by Tod Browning, who traveled with the
Circus. Filed in 1932 Banned out of the UK for 30 years. Forced people to view those with a disability as
'human' having true emotions and feelings. Showed that people with 'deformities' had a real life,
could love, get married, earn a living. Audience of the time was not ready, received criticism
Plot-Line Overview Setting takes place in a traveling circus, where actors
are all performers (in real life and in the movie). Hans breaks off engagement to Frieda to be with
'normal height' Cleopatra. Cleo plots to marry Hans only for money, and is
secretly in love with Hercules Cleo poisons Hans, but he is wise to her. Ending scene where actors take revenge against
A 'Freaky Come-Back' 1960's, the film was rediscovered and re-
furbished and shown nightly in drive-ins. 1983 an 'owe to' Freaks was created, many
cast started in this series. 1994, United States National Film Registry
states, ''"culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant"
Has made American Film Institutes 100 movies for song, acting and more.
My own perceptions.. Thought it would be degrading/exploitative. 20 min's through the movie, I found it was NOT
degrading/exploitative. Actors were portrayed as human, with
relationships, feelings/emotions, capable, kind and fun.
Ex. Siamese twins; one engaged and one dating.
Niche Hollywood Horror Flick
Two scenes taken too far; ending and engagement dinner.
Involvement of 'normal' people, who actually end up being the 'Freaks'.
A Clip of the Beginning..
A clip of the movie
The Real Lives Behind the Story... Johnny Eck, business owner, magician, wood worker, performer, and employer of twin brother.
He died at the age of79.He challenged
those who did
have legs by
asking, "What can you do that I can't do, except tread water?"
When asked if he wished he had legs, he quipped, "Why would I want those? Then I'd have pants to press."
Prince RandianDevoted Husband, Father of Four, Business man, Performer, Fluent in Hindi, French, German and English.
Doll Family Successful actors,
performers. Purchased a home in California and the home was often in magazines as an example of 'small furniture' and alterations.
SchlitzieWell known performer
and actor, landed many rolls in films throughout his career. No one knew his real name or who his parents were. He loved to perform and passed away at the age of 70.