touched a nerve at the beginning of the ’90s, as grunge rock poured from the Pacific Northwest and independent movies like Reservoir Dogs (1992), Clerks (1994), Kids (1995), and Welcome to the Dollhouse (1995) flourished. In the same way that punk and grunge felt real—not like slick stadium rock, big-budget studio movies, hokey scripted TV—Geek Love achieved a fresh kind of authenticity. The Binewskis felt real, even as their lives and their story were fantastical. There was something about the idea of a freak show, an entertainment that hadn’t thrived in American culture for generations, which felt just right in the early ’90s."
posted by R. Schlock
on Mar 8, 2014 -
: "This rare documentary puts us in a troubling situation of voyeurism by having us attend the exhibition of trunk man Nikolaï Kobelkoff, born in Siberia, without limbs. Kobelkoff uses his unique stump with incredible dexterity: he drinks, eats, shoots with a rifle, paints, winds his watch and lifts a dumbbell! In 1932, this extraordinary character was film director Tod Browning's inspiration for the famous film Freaks
." (1900, b&w, silent, 1:23 min) brief history
posted by vronsky
on Oct 31, 2009 -
J. Tithonus Pednaud herein presents for your edification and enlightenment a curious collection of human marvels
. You may call them oddities, freaks or monstrosities—whatever you will—but I call them incredible, persevering, resourceful and marvelous human beings. I chronicle their inspirational stories of triumph over nature, fate and the judgment of man. [Previously seen here. See also.]
posted by parudox
on Jan 3, 2009 -
's 1932 cinematic masterpiece Freaks
tells the story of a close-knit group of circus sideshow workers who are wronged and take revenge. The film's use of real-life freaks
so disturbed audiences that some ran screaming from theaters, distributors refused to handle the film, and it was banned in Britain for over 30 years. [more inside]
posted by flug
on Jul 8, 2008 -
Judd Apatow's Family Values
A look inside the comedic mind that brought us "Freaks and Geeks", "Undeclared", and "The 40 Year Old Virgin". Apatow’s childhood hero was Steve Martin. On a summer trip to L.A., Apatow persuaded his grandparents to drive by Martin’s home until Apatow spied his hero in the driveway. Martin wouldn’t give him an autograph, so Apatow wrote him an angry letter saying it was his patronage of Martin’s projects that allowed him to live the high life. A few weeks later, Martin sent Apatow a copy of his book “Cruel Shoes” with an apology: “I’m sorry. I didn’t realize I was speaking to the Judd Apatow.”
Also: Judd and Seth Rogen at play
posted by ColdChef
on May 27, 2007 -
Hurry! Hurry! Hurry!
Step right up and see the Sideshow
. Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, we have something here for everyone. See the freaks of nature
, the mutants
, the human oddities
, the sword swallowers
, the dime museum
, a special exhibit of sideshow banners
from the past, and yes, we even have, live before your very eyes, direct from the 21st century, special acts from the Coney Island Sideshow
. And for a small extra charge, a special section
of premier performers including exhibitions of pugilism
, as well as an exhibit of posters from Tod Browning's movie, Freaks
. The circus starts in a little over an hour and a half, so you have plenty of time to see these astounding wonders of the world.
posted by mischief
on Oct 26, 2005 -
LA-DEEEES AND GENTLEMEN!
STEP RIGHT UP! THE SHOW IS ABOUT TO BEGIN! The Strange and Unusual, the Freaks of Nature, the Shocking and the Bizarre! YOU won't BELiEVE your EYES!
posted by crunchland
on Oct 26, 2005 -
Wrestling with Diane Arbus
"She set up no lights, just pulled out her Rolleiflex, which was half as big as she was, checked the aperture and the exposure, and tested the flash. Then she asked me to lie on the bed, flat on my back on the shabby counterpane.
I did as I was told. Clutching the camera she climbed on to the bed and straddled me, moving up until she was kneeling with a knee on both sides of my chest. She held the Rolleiflex at waist height with the lens right in my face. She bent her head to look through the viewfinder on top of the camera, and waited".
posted by matteo
on Oct 8, 2005 -
For nearly a quarter of a century Thor the Barbarian
waged a lonely crusade against tyrannical bureaucracies and disempowering systems. Undaunted, he faced the monstrous social evils of our day head on, as an unsung organizational change agent... as a professional inside New York's vast mental health network. Real interview here
(about a minute in) - scroll down to the Thor - LIVE link.
posted by dobbs
on Jul 30, 2004 -
There really should be an IFDB. Until then, marvel at these miraculous testaments to God's sense of humor.
posted by condour75
on Nov 1, 2003 -
Freak Watcher's Textbook.
I am glad I waited to get the textbook before looking at freaks (or freaks eating cats). Now with this professional guide, I can watch like a pro. I assume Sally Struthers will be adding "Freak Watching" to her list of accredited courses.
posted by rev-
on Aug 31, 2001 -