Freaks

Tuesday, 27 August 2002

Fundamentals of Archaeology: This class is going to be easy. Two tests, two quizzes and thats all. Professor Schurr is a character, but I already knew that. What I didn’t know is that he is a Super Tolkien Nerd like myself. Bonus!

Cinema Ideologies: Taught by my FEMINIST, socialist, jewish, buddhist film prof Jill Godmilow. Learning how industrial cinema makes us think it solves problems of race, gender, and class through its films when it merely reinforces hegemony. it will be good.

Fencing Gym: an epe? fencer that left due to academic reasons is now back, threatening my eligibility to travel. all i can do is work harder.

Cinema Ideologies Film Screening: Tod Browning’s Freaks.

As they pulled you out of the oxygen tent
you asked for the latest party
With your silicon hump and your ten inch stump
Dressed like a priest you was,
Todd Browning streak he was
Crawling down the alley on your hands and knee,
I’m sure you’re not protected, for its plain to see
Diamond Dogs are poachers, and they hide behind trees
Hunt you to the ground they will,
mannequins with kill appeal

David Bowie, Diamond Dogs

an interesting film by all accounts, produced by MGM but it was a very shoddy film in many of its conventions and exploitative to the extreme. also full of melodrama. several points of subtle effect were evident as well especially in a way that portrayed the circus performers in a curiously dichotomous way. although they appeared in a position of power, their very physical presence made it laughable. this says something very important about the way we see physical eccentricity.