Bound By Flesh Review – Surprisingly Engaging

AddThis Social Bookmark Button

"Bound by Flesh,"  from Mistress, Inc. and Sundance Selects re-introduces the freak show stars, Daisy and Violet Hilton, with this fascinating, intriguing and absorbing historical account of the lives, loves and career of the conjoined Siamese twins.

 

Written and directed by Leslie Zemeckis, "Bound by Flesh" is Executive Produced by, Oscar winning Director and filmmaker, Robert Zemeckis and features the voice talent of Lea Thompson, Nancy Allen, Timothy Stack and Blake Boyd.

"Bound by Flesh" weaves rare and recovered footage and expert interviews from Dean Jensen, gallery owner and author of the "The Lives and loves of Daisy and Violent Hilton," John Bramhall, actor, playwright and childhood neighbor of the twins in San Antonio, Camille Rosengren, goddaughter of the Hilton Sisters, Stephen Freese, Circus World Executive Director, and James Taylor, expert and author on all things freak show.

"Bound by Flesh" begins with Daisy with her fiancé, in a narrow frame explaining to the world, in actual footage, her desire to marry and her attempts to procure a marriage license. The frame widens and the audience sees her sister, Violet, sitting directly beside her which is when we are introduced to them as conjoined.

 Born Daisy and Violent Skinner, in 1908, to a Barmaid in Brighton, East Sussex, England the twins were considered retribution from God for their mother's premarital sin that led to the pregnancy and birth. Immediately horrified, the mother refused to care for them and a neighbor, Mary Hilton, the midwife who delivered them, and convinced Skinner to "sell" the girls to her.

Hilton, no relation to Conrad or any of his decedents, saw great opportunity in exploitation and immediately strategized on how best to capitalize on the "freak" aspect.

An historical account, with real value into early American carnival/freak shows which later evolved into "Ripley's Believe or Not," Daisy and Violet Hilton, were grossly mistreated, subjugated, demoralized and dominated, as most child talents are, and even more so, which Zemeckis doesn't shy away from presenting the actual account no matter how abnormal, unusual and peculiar.

Finding camaraderie in a collection of those born with abnormalities that made them freaks leaving little opportunity for normalcy, the twins received a well rounded conservancy education, with managers drilling them with every possible expression of talent including musical, acting, sports, and they were either naturally gifted or had some innate understanding they were doomed without the celebrity status.

Daisy and Violet learned the ropes of the circus life through the other freaks who welcomed them with genuine affection something they had never experienced.

After spending the majority of their lives in the limelight, the extremely talented starring acts of the late 1800's early 1900's worked beside a young Bob Hope, George Burns, Gracie Allen and Charlie Chaplin, transitioning from circus acts to vaudeville to silver screen, and experiencing personal lives that even without the conjoined aspect would make publicity fodder for decades.

 The sisters were still deeply abused even into middle age and the 1950's and 1960's and eventually forced into making small town appearances and as the story is told were abandoned in Charlotte, North Carolina, by a manger who stole everything.

Their final days were spent working at a local grocery store where, by all accounts, they found inner peace, led somewhat "normal lives," and were treated with dignity.

As an historian, "Bound By Flesh" builds the stepping stones through a time in American culture through the Gilded Age, into the Depression Era and beyond.

It is an in-depth, honest, and frank look at the life of conjoined twins, Daisy and Violet Hilton. I was surprised at what they were able to accomplish, how they chose to live and die really, not so surprised at the exploitation, injustice and injury they suffered.

If I had any critique of the film, it would be the choice of the title fonts which, while understandably heralding a early placard freak announcement, appeared reminiscent of the demoralizing treatment the twins received during their lives as Ms. Zemeckis presented the material with care, albeit candidly, the introductory titles are more like sharp punches and don't create a seamless, fluid, transition to the content. 

"Bound by Flesh" is produced by Jackie Levine, with Sheri Hellard  and Donnalee Austen as Associate Producer, Evan Finn served as Editor, John Durham Cinematographer, Oliver Schnee composer, Voice over talent Nancy Allen, Joe Sill Executive Movie Producer,

The film has entered in numerous film festivals including the prestigious American Film Festival, and won 2013 Idyllwild Cinemafest, 2013 Louisiana International Film Festival, 2012 Hollywood Film Festival.

With unadulterated significance "Bound by Flesh" provides a rare glimpse behind the big top into the lives of the early circus and freak show stars.

"Bound by Flesh" opens June 27, 2014 in the New York City area with other dates to be announced.

эвакуатор черновцы
гардины
турник навесной

Haute Tease

  • A Different Kind of Force – Policing Mental Illness

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Across the United States, the responsibility of handling domestic issues with mentally ill citizens has largely fallen into the domain of the criminal justice system. More than half of all prisoners are believed to be mentally ill.

     
  • Brooklyn Review - A Classic Romantic Love Story

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    BROOKLYN, from Fox Searchlight Pictures, brings to the screen a story of hope, courage and bravery, of embracing the chance of finding a new life, of sacrifice, and the hope of the future and the eyes to see when destiny arrives.

     
  • Gas Main Explosion Levels Building in East Village; Scores Injured

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    A suspected gas main explosion leveled a building on Manhattan’s lower east side injuring dozens some critical as firefighters attempted to contain the quickly spreading seven alarm inferno before it consumed the adjoining buildings.

     
  • Beltway Insider: Trump/Afghanistan; Pope’s Message; U.S./Russia; Mass Refugees Murder; North Korea; Pence; NY Judge

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    President Donald Trump moved this week against the Islamic State Fighters dropping a GBU-43, a Massive Ordnance Air Blast, commonly called the Mother of all Bombs on Afghanistan, stopping what has been described as operational caves.

     
  • Frostbite is No Joke: 7 Tips to Stay Warm and Avoid Permanent Damage

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    When the temperature dips below freezing, it's critical to protect your skin from cold-weather health risks. Frostbite occurs when the skin – and sometimes the tissue beneath the skin – freezes due to prolonged exposure to cold temperatures. Depending on how long and how frozen the tissue, frostbite can result in severe, sometimes permanent, damage.

     
  • Celebrity Interviews & Review: The Signal – A Trip Worth Taking

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    "The Signal," from Focus Features and Low Spark Films, brings to the screen an unassuming sci-fi fantasy flick with fresh, genuine, dialogue and sharp visuals that twists into a layered, hidden, unusual and unexpected fast action thrill ride.

     
  • World News: Covid-19 and Reshaping Global Geopolitics

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    States and Governments, having become increasingly vulnerable and dependent, are investing in pharmaceutical laboratories who are empowered with a saving role that feeds their global omnipotence, to the point of drawing a geostrategy and health geopolitics.

     
  • Le COVID-19 Granulise La Démocratie

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Confrontées à la nécessité de limiter les libertés individuelles et collectives pour lutter contre le COVID-19, les démocraties contemporaines sont déchirées entre défense des acquis libertaires et impératifs sanitaires castrateurs. Lequel prendra à terme le pas sur l'autre ?  

  • Sarah Janks, Australian Bridal Designer, Offers Five Tips in Planning Destination Weddings

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Proposal season is officially in height and many new brides-to-be will be jumping to start the wedding planning process in 2016! With more and more brides choosing destination weddings, we have the best tips for travel, dress shopping and ultimately planning the perfect destination wedding.

     
  • JSix San Diego Review - Six Reasons To Succumb To The ‘Chef's Mercy‎’ Menu

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    JSix, a neighborhood bar and restaurant, located in San Diego's kinetic, community-centric East Village, offers warm hospitality, culinary whimsy, craft cocktail ingenuity, a seasonally-driven menu committed to hormone-free, sustainable and organic "farm-to-fork" dishes, that create a gastronomic experience that leaves you wanting.

     
  • Whitney Houston Funeral Held At Childhood Church

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Whitney Elizabeth Houston, mother, daughter, friend, pop superstar, was remembered yesterday by those who knew her best during her 'Home Going' tribute at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, NJ.

     
  • Trailer Of Belgian Debut 'Coureur' To Premiere At Rotterdam Film Festival's Limelight Programme

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The Belgian feature film 'Coureur,' the semi-autobiographical debut by Kenneth Mercken, will have its international premiere in the 'Limelight' programme of the 'Voices' section at the 48th International Film Festival of Rotterdam (23 Jan - 3 Feb).

     
  • Home, Décor: Designing a Luxury Bathroom – Pre-Planning Guide for Guaranteed Success

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Nothing is better than relaxing in a luxurious home spa after a long, hard day at work—after all, everyone needs a space in their home where they can rest and rejuvenate for the next day.

     
  • Avert Valentine’s Day Disaster – Last Minutes Gifts Under $65

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Showing your loved one just how much you care on Valentine's Day doesn't have to break the bank. With this collection of decadent, whimsical and generally thoughtful gift ideas that also happen to be economical, your Valentine's Day game can remain on-point without the hefty price tag.

     
  • Eleven Boston Cops Wounded, Two Critically, by Body Armor Wearing Suspect

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Boston police officers shot and killed a gunman after he opened fire on responding officers wounding eleven and critically injuring two who are now fighting for their lives, in what has been called a domestic disturbance gone bad.