“Bound by Flesh” (2012), Leslie Zemeckis’ splashy, heavily edited, busy but still talking-head-driven documentary about the Siamese twins, Daisy and Violet Hilton, who became sideshow stars in the early twentieth century, collates a fantastic amount of fabulous material while never attaining cinematic form. The editorial pace manages to be both pummeling and deadening. Zemeckis’ earlier work includes the so-so documentary on classic burlesque, “Behind the Burly Q.” 90m. (Ray Pride)
“Bound by Flesh” opens Friday, August 29 at Siskel.
Ray Pride is Newcity’s film critic and a contributing editor to Filmmaker magazine.
His history of Chicago “Ghost Signs” in words and images will be published in Spring 2022.