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Bound by Flesh (2012)

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A biography of Daisy and Violet Hilton, conjoined twins who started as "freaks" in side shows, then went on to be stars of Vaudeville and films.

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This remarkable documentary tells the amazing story of Daisy and Violet Hilton, conjoined twins who rose to superstardom at the beginning of the 20th century as sideshow attractions, performing alongside the likes of Bob Hope and Charlie Chaplin. Ruthlessly exploited by their managers, the sisters ultimately sued for their freedom-which they won at a terrible cost. Bound By Flesh puts a touchingly human face on two outsiders who went from the lowest rungs of society to the big time and back again. Written by Sundance Selects

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The director states that the Hiltons were only 4' 2" tall. There are numerous pictures and film clips that show them to be around 5' - 5' 2" tall. See more »

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Runs A Bit Long, But A Fascinating Look At Two Lives
4 November 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A documentary that explores the origins and heyday of the American sideshow.

Although most of this is the biography of the Hilton Sisters (who, it turns out, were not Hiltons at all), it also veers off into talking about the 1893 World's Fair, the evolution of the midway, vaudeville, and more. If you entered into this knowing nothing about sideshows and circus freaks, you will probably leave a little bit more aware.

The film runs a tad long at 90 minutes, as the story of the sisters is not quite as interesting as you might expect. The story is not boring, but it is quite limited, and keeps the viewer wondering why these women were connected. With no shared bones or organs, it seems at some point a surgeon would have come forward to liberate them. But no.


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