Pro urodov i lyudey (Of Freaks and Men) Reviews
The twins are sons of a doctor but a mean fella called Johann and his friends manage to capture them. Now known as "the freaks" he is earning money of them. The dirty photographer is among Johann's friends and he's got a crush by a ladie called Leeza - a lovely maid that worked with the doctor and his sons. Naturally she is photographed and filmed too.
Whipping, prostitutes, guns, a blind woman, accordions, underage drinking, a passion for cinema as an art form and music are other elements here. Some very cool songs, excellent cinematography and shots, great characters and a twisted story makes it very watchable and a very joyful ride. I dig that last scene - it's very pretty. Other images are swell too.
It's shot in a weird sepia color, making it even more unique and one of a kind. I have seen a few other films shot this way - one I can think of was also Russian, but from another director I believe. This director died three years ago, just 54 years of age.
Bleak, still haunting film. Always interesting, very strange but it's not a random experimental mess. It got a solid story, and it's actually based on a real story, as least I read it someshere. If so, it's pretty rad. A great, stylish, alternative movie experience that I'm glad I've had.
8.5 out of 10 floes.
"Of Freaks and Men" is a simultaneously sad and perverse movie. While partially being about how progress is not always a good thing as seen through the lack of imagination in pornography, lying just beneath the surface of polite society, the movie has even more to say about modern day Russia. That's even though the film mostly resembles a silent movie, not just in its soundless opening sequences, but also later as it is shot in sepia tones with intertitles throughout. All of which is in the service of showing who the freaks really are.
the characters and dialogues reflect something known from the russian classical literature, the treatment of disability, especially physical as something freaky. the main characters are sort to speak, freaks: siamese twins, an epileptic "porn magnate", his retarded sidekick, and a blind woman. the other characters are weak, like lisa and the photographer, or just greedy, like both the maids. in the sub-text, this movie has something to tell about russian typical dictatorship, and times that are about to turn because of decadence.
soundtrack is also notable, filled with russian classical music from the XIX century that only pumps the tension in this heavy film.
if you have the stomach for all the perversion and that gloomy atmosphere, try to find the movie. otherwise, avoid it. it's not for everyone.
Just see it.
I say no more.
de Rusia con amor y parafilias secretas
(ya tengo muchas de estas fotitos retro pono vintage)
una joyita de resplandores corporales y extraños