Sideshow: Alive on the Inside (1999)

Genres - History, Theater  |   Sub-Genres - Performance Art, Social History  |   Run Time - 105 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Tracie Cooper

Sideshow: Alive on the Inside delves into the lives of former "freaks" who populated the sideshows of carnivals for years, until their treatment was deemed inhumane. This production, however, takes a somewhat different perspective. Rather than a scathing exposé, it offers insight into what happened in the performers' lives off-stage rather than on. There's Jeanie Tomaini, who, born with nothing below her waist, was known as the "Half-Woman," and Percilla, or "Monkey Girl," whose entire body is covered in hair. Both of these women married their co-workers -- human giants -- and led relatively normal lives outside of their profession. Also included is a wide variety of archival footage, which features old-time sideshow attractions such as Zip the Pinheaded Man, Siamese twins, the Human Pincushion, bearded ladies, and many more.

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behind-the-scenes, bizarre, carnival, freak-show, retrospective, Siamese-twins, sideshow, strange