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Bound By Flesh (2014)

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American sideshows were in fairs, circuses and carnivals. There were acts such as glass blowers, musicians, and also the freaks. Most freaks just stood there while the audience wondered past. The Hilton Sisters however were trained to put on an engaging act. They sang, they danced and played a variety of musical instruments. They were "hugely popular." "Bound By Flesh" explores the American sideshow, its origins and its heyday when the Hilton Sisters were on display for huge "streams" of crowds pouring into the tent to get a glimpse of these "fetching" sisters. The film includes interviews with Ward Hall, known as the "King of the Sideshow." He is the last of the sideshow promoters in the style of a P.T. Barnum.(c) Sundance Selects

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Leslie Zemeckis' documentary about their curious and ultimately sad lives is a fascinating snapshot of the era of nickel-a-peek circus sideshows.

December 3, 2014 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Likely to stay with you forever.

August 28, 2014 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

I found it immensely touching that these women found it in themselves to keep plugging away.

July 18, 2014 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Both tragic and almost incomprehensibly strange.

July 3, 2014 | Rating: 3/4

Leslie Zemeckis examines the strange, tragic, roller-coaster existence of famed conjoined twins Violet and Daisy Hilton in the absorbing, well-crafted documentary "Bound by Flesh."

June 27, 2014 | Full Review…

They were just people - which is why their story may not be that unique, and may even hide a few lessons for everyone.

June 27, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4

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