Wednesday, January 12, 2011

'Freaks' at the Landmark Loews in Jersey City

As a Jersey City resident, I like to keep the locals up on notable films showing at our local movie palace, the glorious Landmark Loews, and there's a doozy coming Friday, January 28. As part of its Pre-Code Film Festival, the Loews will be screening Tod Browning's Freaks, the as-disturbing-as-ever cult classic starring real carnival performers with real physical peculiarities. Freaks was controversial upon release because audiences weren't yet sophisticated enough to handle seeing folks such as the microcephalics Elvira and Jenny Lee Snow, limbless Prince Randian, and conjoined twins Daisy and Violet Hilton (who, according to legend, were too much for F. Scott Fitzgerald, and the revered novelist/slumming screenwriter had to excuse himself from the MGM commissary to void his guts). The film remains controversial today mostly because of the depressing climax in which the cast is essentially portrayed as a horde of monsters, albeit monsters with a very valid bone to pick. The epilogue remains one of the most memorable and genuinely shocking scenes of the 1930s.

Freaks will be showing as a double feature with the slightly less horrific She Done Him Wrong, starring Mae West and Cary Grant. The show starts at 8:00.

The Landmark Loew's Jersey Theatre
54 Journal Square Jersey City, NJ 07306
(201) 798-6055
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