Motion Picture Purgatory: BEING DIFFERENT (1981)

Surely the closest thing to a “mondo” movie that Canada ever produced, the exploitive human oddities documentary BEING DIFFERENT, (also just released on Blu-ray!), purports to capture the “soaring human spirit,” but is more convincing as a portrait of the twilight era of sideshow attractions, as the culture moved away from disabled performers to focus on “self-made” freaks and performers, such as sword swallowers, fire eaters and extreme body modification enthusiasts. That doesn’t make the film any less fascinating though, as Rick Trembles uncovers in his latest Motion Picture Purgatory. Rick sez: