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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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Documentary , Special Interest
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Critic Reviews for Bound By Flesh

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (10)

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

Full Review… | December 3, 2014
Entertainment Weekly
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Likely to stay with you forever.

Full Review… | August 28, 2014
Chicago Tribune
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I found it immensely touching that these women found it in themselves to keep plugging away.

Full Review… | July 18, 2014
Christian Science Monitor
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Both tragic and almost incomprehensibly strange.

July 3, 2014
Seattle Times
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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."

Full Review… | June 27, 2014
Los Angeles Times
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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
Newark Star-Ledger
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Audience Reviews for Bound By Flesh

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A touching portrait about challenged Siamese twins striving to succeed in the sleazy world of carnivals, vaudeville and burlesque.

bill kuhlman
bill kuhlman

Definitely a heart-warming story about two sisters beating the odds, and about the triumph of the human "blah blah". It's definitely a very interesting watch, and director Leslie Zemeckis... wait a second is she related to Robert Zemeckis? I'll fact check later. Zemeckis does a great job of keeping the film feeling fresh and exciting by creatively using old footage with new interviews. Yes, it's a common tactic, but Zemeckis' brand seems to be a little more interesting than the usual documentary lot.

Nathan Martin
Nathan Martin

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