Photoset: American girl in Italy by Ruth Orkin
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Photoset: Fréner Tamás
1. Nyár // 2. Tél és tavasz közt // 3. Tavaszi rét
Photoset: Freaks (1932)
Freaks is a 1932 American Pre-Code horror film about sideshow performers, directed and produced by Tod Browning and released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, with a cast mostly composed of actual carnival performers. The film was based on Tod Robbins’ 1923 short fiction story “Spurs”. Director Browning took the exceptional step of casting real people with deformities as the eponymous sideshow “freaks”, rather than using costumes and makeup.
Freaks is most famous for its cast of real circus performers. This backstage drama provides a glimpse into their daily routines and love lives (one particularly complicated case concerns conjoined twins: one twin is married, while the other wants to get married!). The tensions between the “normal” performers and the “freaks” result in a demonstration of the strong code of protection and ethics of the “freaks”: “Offend one and you offend them all!” Interestingly, only the clown and his girlfriend are friendly with everyone — no matter their size or number of limbs.