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Culture Club Presents “Freaks”

Posted by bgsuenglish on March 19, 2009

“Tuesdays at the Gish,” a film series sponsored by The Culture Club, in association with the Department of Theatre and Film, continues March 24, 2009 with a screening of a Tod Browning’s 1932 film, Freaks. Initially released to less than positive reviews (audiences were shocked that MGM, Hollywood’s most prestigious studio, would release such a distasteful picture that featured carnival sideshow “freaks” in prominent roles–the film was pulled from release shortly thereafter), Browning’s film reemerged on the midnight movie circuit in the 1960s and became a cult hit. The tale of what happens to greedy circus performers (Olga Baclanova and Henry Victor) when they cross a community of “freaks,” this film has been touted by critic J. Hoberman as one of the most subversive films ever made.

The screening begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Gish Film Theater in Hanna Hall. Introductory remarks will be given by Assistant Professor of English, Dr. Bill Albertini, who specializes in disability studies.

Founded in 2007 by Mark S. Bernard and Colin Helb, the “Tuesdays at the Gish” film series is dedicated to bringing public domain, obscure, and independent films to northwest Ohio. The films are shown free of charge and are open to the public. The film series is a collaboration between The Culture Club: Cultural Studies Scholars’ Association and the Department of Theatre and Film. The 2008-2009 film series are curated by Mark S. Bernard and Colin Helb with Dr. Cynthia Baron.

To contact the curators for the Tuesdays at the Gish Film Series, please send an e-mail to to the attention of “Tuesdays at the Gish.”


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