What these five movies all share is that they render alienness and inhumanity in ways that burrow deep into our subconcious and make the threat they pose more than just existential.
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What all of these moments have in common is that they aren’t merely well crafted shocks or jolts, they are culminating or key moments in deeply involving stories.
It’s not certain, but likely that her initial viewing of the revival showing of Freaks (1932) in 1959 strongly influenced Diane Arbus’ subsequent focus on photographing not only the physically deformed but a long string of societal outcasts. Arbus faced significant resistance during her lifetime in gaining acceptance for her unsparing portraits of deformities, transvestites, …