Freaks, The Monstrous Parade

From September 21, 2012 to January 06, 2013

American director Tod Browning (1880-1962) has a particular attraction for the uncanny. Freaks, his cult movie shot in 1932, is inspired by a short story written by Clarence Aaron "Tod" Robbins. Set in a circus, the performers are disabled actors. The movie caused tremendous scandals when it was released and Freaks was soon censored, reedited, shortened, sometimes removed from theaters, and even forbidden is some countries. Not until the 1960s, when it was presented at the Cannes Festival, was the movie acclaimed to the point of becoming a reference for artists such as Diane Arbus or David Lynch.

The Musée de l’Elysée presents a selection of some 50 vintage black and white silver prints from Zurich-based Enrico Praloran’s collection.

The catalogue, published by IDPURE, was made possible thanks to the support of the Friends of the Musée de l’Elysée.


Freaks, the movie, exceptional screening until 6 January

The Musée de l’Elysée presents Freaks, Tod Browning’s uncanny cult movie.
Everyday (Tue - Sun), form 11:30am to 4:30pm. Except on Friday 14 December, starts at 1:30p, on Tuesday 18 December, last show at 12:30pm.

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