Circus of Books

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For over 35 years, the gay porn shop, Circus of Books, served as the epicenter for LGBT life and culture in Los Angeles. Unbeknownst to many in the community it served, the store was cultivated and cared for by its owners, Karen and Barry Mason; a straight couple with three children. CIRCUS OF BOOKS is an intimate portrait of the Masons and their journey to become one of the biggest distributors of hardcore gay porn in the United States. Their story unfolds through the lens of their daughter, filmmaker and artist, Rachel Mason.

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Critic Reviews for Circus of Books

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  • "Circus of Books" is an affectionate look at one of the most unusual mom and pop businesses in America, directed by the person who knew Mom and Pop best.

    July 24, 2019 | Full Review…

    Peter Debruge

    Variety
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  • Circus of Books is chock full of entertaining characters, but Karen ultimately emerges as the film's complicated and fascinating heroine.

    May 2, 2019 | Rating: A | Full Review…

    Jude Dry

    indieWire
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  • [A] very funny, very moving documentary.

    April 29, 2019 | Full Review…
  • The place pornography and erotica play in our lives is actually a very important one in understanding contemporary culture, especially gay culture, and Mason's film takes to it with a delicate hand...

    November 30, 2019 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
  • Crucially, Circus of Books remains honest to the intentions of the Mason family.

    October 23, 2019 | Full Review…
  • It's a complete and utterly compelling history told succinctly in one brilliant, and at times, hilarious, film.

    October 16, 2019 | Full Review…

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