United States 2022
English, German, and French, subtitles in Finnish
64 min
Suitable for audiences aged 12 and above
Director: Tod Browning
Screenplay: Willis Goldbeck, Leon Gordon, based on a news article by Tod Robbins
Cast: Wallace Ford, Leila Hyams, Olga Baclanova, Henry Victor, Harry Earles, Daisy Earles, Johnny Eck, Roscoe Ates, Rose Dione, Angelo Rossitto, Edward Brophy, Matt McHugh, Prince Randian, Frances O’Connor, Peter Robinson, Elizabeth Green, Daisy ja Violet Hilton, Josephine Joseph, Koo-Koo the Bird Girl, Olga Roderick, Schlitzie
Production: Tod Browning, Harry Raps, Irving Thalberg / Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Print Source: Park Circus

The most transgressive film produced by a major American studio in the 1930s, Tod Browning’s crowning achievement has haunted the margins of cinema for nearly one hundred years. An unforgettable cast of real-life sideshow performers portray the entertainers in a traveling circus who, shunned by mainstream society, live according to their own code—one of radical acceptance for the fellow oppressed and, as the show’s beautiful but cruel trapeze artist learns, of terrifying retribution for those who cross them. Received with revulsion by viewers upon its initial release, Freaks effectively ended Browning’s career but can now be seen for what it is: an audacious cry for understanding and a singular experience of nightmarish, almost avant-garde power.