"Bound By Flesh" Review
on 2014-06-11 14:07
When I saw the name “Zemeckis” attached to this film I knew I wanted to see it. As I started watching it I saw that Robert Zemeckis was only a producer for the film, but it looks like movie making runs in his family as his young daughter Leslie Zemeckis took the reigns as director and writer of this wonderful documentary. The film has already won the Hollywood Discovery Award for Best Documentary at the 2012 Hollywood Film Festival, and it has been gaining the attention of audiences ever since.
The film revolves around American sideshows in their heyday and focuses mainly on a pair of conjoined twins named Daisy and Violet. Often referred to as the Hilton sisters, these two ruled in the vaudeville circuit during the 1930’s and no one was a bigger attraction. It starts with their birth in 1908 in Brighton, England and their adoption by Mary Hilton, after their birth mother sold them to her, who conveniently placed the girls in the back of her English pub and sold tickets for people to see them. After they moved to America in 1915, the film goes through life of the “freaks” in these sideshows along with the Hilton sisters entire career from the beginning to the end. It also focuses attention on men like Myer Myers who used them and took what should have been theirs, the girl’s promotional fake marriages, and up to their eventual death as poor grocery shop clerks.
You will learn a lot from this wonderful documentary. Not only about the life of these particular Siamese twins, but what entertainment was like back then and how it went away. Legends like Ward Hall the 'King Of The Sideshows' and the modern day barnum, the twins goddaughter Camille Sweeney, and many historians who all lend their knowledge and personal experiences with the girls. You will see actual videos of the girls performing, and even get to see a glimpse of what their personal lives were like It is a film that will inspire you and make you realize how small most of your problems actually are. I highly recommend you see Leslie Zemeckis’s new documentary, Bound by Flesh.
Bound By Flesh opens theatrically in New York (IFC Center) and select theaters, VOD, and iTunes on June 27.