Bound By Flesh
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American sideshows were in fairs, circuses and carnivals. There were acts such as glass blowers, musicians, and also the freaks. Most freaks just stood there while the audience wondered past. The Hilton Sisters however were trained to put on an engaging act. They sang, they danced and played a variety of musical instruments. They were "hugely popular." "Bound By Flesh" explores the American sideshow, its origins and its heyday when the Hilton Sisters were on display for huge "streams" of crowds pouring into the tent to get a glimpse of these "fetching"… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Likely to stay with you forever."
‑ Rick Kogan, Chicago Tribune
"Leslie Zemeckis examines the strange, tragic, roller-coaster existence of famed conjoined twins Violet and Daisy Hilton in the absorbing, well-crafted documentary "Bound by Flesh.""
‑ Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
"Stranger than fiction and fascinating."
‑ John Wirt, Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
"If you've ever had any interest in early American entertainment, the world of freak shows, or in the Hilton Sisters in particular, this is exactly the film you need."
‑ Witney Seibold, Nerdist
"I found it immensely touching that these women found it in themselves to keep plugging away."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"They were just people - which is why their story may not be that unique, and may even hide a few lessons for everyone."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"Bound By Flesh plays with a bygone showmanship that at times feels more like a celebrity gossip show on E! than a feature documentary."
‑ Zach Hollwedel, Under the Radar
"Both tragic and almost incomprehensibly strange."
‑ Tom Keogh, Seattle Times
"It would be hard not to make a thought-provoking, heartstring-tugging film from this source material, and "Bound by Flesh" certainly tells the twins' story effectively ..."
‑ Neil Genzlinger, New York Times
"Zemeckis explores the tragic lives of the Hilton Sisters, conjoined twins paraded and exploited financially as so-called freaks in the heyday of carnival sideshows. Intimating as well twisted notions of fame, and the freak show roots of reality TV today."
‑ Prairie Miller, WBAI Radio
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