Trailer for the short The Congress of Wonders.

From Tod Brownings Freaks to Fellini's 8 1/2, the movie has been watching itself through the lens of the circus. And from Huck Finn to the Confidence Man to the Invisible Man, American fiction has been reading into itself, uncovering the shyster, the protean fraud, who at some point buys into his own beguiling bill of goods.

Now all this tragic grandeur comes down to a raggedy trinity of bunko artists who ply their wares and make their pitch at a Kentucky country crossroads. Transparent phonies who nonetheless have all too genuine access--however accidental--to the Real Deal.

At once a coming-of-age story, a mock epic of southern gothic comedy, and a homegrown piece of magical realism, The Congress of Wonders finds Ed McClanahan's classic story turned into an equally funny, arresting, and ultimately tragic film.

Duration
2 min 4 sec

Views
4,749

Posted On
November 18, 2010
Director
Paul Wagner

Writer
Ed McClanahan

Studio
Independent

Release
June 6, 1994
Cast
Eli Thomas
Shane Woodson
Joel Weible
Gabby Dunmyer
Andrea Lloyd
Trailer Tracks
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