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Circus of Books (2019)

92 min | Documentary, Biography

In 1976, Karen and Barry Mason had fallen on hard times and were looking for a way to support their young family when they answered an ad in the Los Angeles Times. Larry Flynt was seeking distributors for Hustler Magazine. What was ...See moreIn 1976, Karen and Barry Mason had fallen on hard times and were looking for a way to support their young family when they answered an ad in the Los Angeles Times. Larry Flynt was seeking distributors for Hustler Magazine. What was expected to be a brief sideline led to their becoming fully immersed in the LGBT community as they took over a local store, Circus of Books. A decade later, they had become the biggest distributors of gay porn in the US. The film focuses on the double life they led, trying to maintain the balance of being parents at a time when LGBT culture was not yet accepted. Their many challenges included facing jail time for a federal obscenity prosecution and enabling their store to be a place of refuge at the height of the AIDS crisis. Circus of Books offers a rare glimpse into an untold chapter of queer history, and it is told through the lense of the owners' own daughter, Rachel Mason, an artist, filmmaker and musician. See less
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Writers
Rachel Mason (screenplay by) | Kathryn Robson (screenplay by)
Composer
Ian M Colletti (as Colletti)
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Edit Released
Updated Apr 5, 2019

Release date
Apr 22, 2020 (United States)

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Micah Mason
Self - Karen and Barry's Son Self - Karen and Barry's Son   See fewer
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Rachel Mason
Self - Karen and Barry's Daughter Self - Karen and Barry's Daughter   See fewer
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Josh Mason
Self - Karen and Barry's Son Self - Karen and Barry's Son   See fewer
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Fernando Aguilar
Self - Former Employee Self - Former Employee   See fewer
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Freddie Bercovitz
Self - Former Employee Self - Former Employee   See fewer
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Larry Flynt
Self - Publisher of Hustler Magazine Self - Publisher of Hustler Magazine   See fewer
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David Gregory
Self - Former Employee Self - Former Employee   See fewer
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Ben Liefke
Self - Employee Self - Employee   See fewer
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Billy Miller
Self - Magazine Publisher Self - Magazine Publisher   See fewer
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Paulo Morillo
Self - Customer and Writer Self - Customer and Writer   See fewer
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Don Norman
Self - Customer Self - Customer   See fewer
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Alexei Romanoff
Self - LGBT Rights Activist Self - LGBT Rights Activist   See fewer
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Jeff Stryker
Self - Adult Film Star Self - Adult Film Star   See fewer
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Phil Tarley
Self - Adult Film Director Self - Adult Film Director   See fewer
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Alaska Thunderfuck
Self - Former Employee and Drag Queen Self - Former Employee and Drag Queen   See fewer
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John Weston
Self - First Amendment Attorney Self - First Amendment Attorney   See fewer
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Ellen Winer
Self - Karen's Childhood Friend Self - Karen's Childhood Friend   See fewer
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Dorian Wood
Self - Customer and Artist Self - Customer and Artist   See fewer
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Ted Koppel
Self (archive footage) Self (archive footage)   See fewer
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Simon L. Leis Jr.
Self - County Prosecutor, Ohio (archive footage) (as Simon Leis) Self - County Prosecutor, Ohio (archive footage) (as Simon Leis)   See fewer
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Ed Meese
Self - US Attorney General, Reagan Administration (archive footage) Self - US Attorney General, Reagan Administration (archive footage)   See fewer
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Jim Morrison
Self (archive footage) Self (archive footage)   See fewer
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Matt Sterling
Self - Adult Film Director (archive footage) Self - Adult Film Director (archive footage)   See fewer
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Potter Stewart
Self - Supreme Court Justice (archive footage) Self - Supreme Court Justice (archive footage)   See fewer
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7 / 10 | 2,733 votes