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A circus' beautiful trapeze artist agrees to marry the leader of side-show performers, but his deformed friends discover she is only marrying him for his inheritance. (Warner Bros. UK)

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português Tod Browning é um excelente contador de histórias. Com um pincel psicológico preciso, apresenta-nos os deficientes como pessoas que podem amar, desejar, sonhar e ter ciúmes. E, ao pô-los em conflito com as pessoas sem deficiência, que são os verdadeiros «freaks», triunfa narrativamente. Mas estas são apenas peças de um puzzle que, no seu conjunto, ainda não tem o impacto cinematográfico total num espetador que anseia por algo mais do que apenas ver o antes não visto (como um inválido sem braços e sem pernas a acender um cigarro). O enredo é bastante banal, com um resumo simples. E, para além do necessário reconhecimento da coragem de Browning em filmar algo assim nos anos 30 do século XX, fica apenas uma experiência singular e um tema para uma breve discussão. Por essa razão, não dou a melhor avaliação. ()


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inglês Freaks is a perfect example of the saying don't judge a book by its cover, or a physically ("freakishly") disabled person can often be more human than a femme fatale or a beauty. Of course, by casting authentically handicapped people, Tod Browning achieved an unparalleled effect that culminated in the rainy scene during the hunt for Hercules and Cleopatra. It's no wonder that the film caused such a wave of controversy and earned the moniker "one of the most dangerous films ever made". All in all, a very well done piece of filmmaking that got to me profoundly. ()



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inglês Magical, bizarre outlandishness. And maybe more so now, sixty years later, than at the time of its release. There are so many ideas and originality here that it’s a shame it has such a short running time. It means a lot of leads are left to fizzle out. The result isn’t helped much by the same problem that brought down Dracula the year before. And that’s Browning’s static, uninventive directing. ()


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inglês A legendary classic, which makes sense to assess in its contemporary context and which, nevertheless, still surprises with the decent craftsmanship of the film crew, direction, and acting performances. In terms of the dramatic plot, it is a relatively conventional matter, but considering the emphasis on the human side of physically disabled individuals and their right to dignity, it is a significant film with an ethical dimension. Overall impression: 80%. ()


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inglês Freaks isn't just a classic horror film from the early sound film era, it's much more than that. It’s an unconventional, confidently retold critique of depraved humanity, where genetically healthy individuals are put in the position of the real monsters, that not only carries a commendable and brilliantly depicted premise, but above all it leans, it must be added, without fear or reproach, on such bizarre themes concerning the natures and life principles of physically or mentally disfigured human beings as to make it a far more important and, above all, psychologically valuable spectacle than any other genre film of the time. A realistically sketched and thought-provoking lesson in advanced psychology, which, although it may have nothing to say to modern film fans and impresses only with its shocking casting, it’s something that everyone should listen to carefully. 85% ()

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