Circus of Books Trailer & Clips


Circus of Books full movie is released on Apr 22, 2020. Watch Circus of Books online - the English Documentary movie from United States. Circus of Books is directed by Rachel Mason and created by Rachel Mason with Karen Mason and Barry Mason. Circus of Books is available online on Netflix and Netflix basic with Ads.

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 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 lens of the owners' own daughter, Rachel Mason, an artist, filmmaker and musician.

As know as:

Цирк книг, Circus of Books, Atrás da Estante, Circus of Books - Erään kaupan tarina, Circus of Books: Ένα διαφορετικό βιβλιοπωλείο

Release Date (Streaming):

Apr 22, 2020


United States



Production Companies:

Future Clown, Passion Pictures, Neon Heart Productions

Official Site:

Official site


Neighborhood entrepreneurs. Local heroes.


Taryn Allen
Chicago Reader
Circus of Books is a triumph of filmmaking in the way it covers such a range of topics so seamlessly: LGBTQ history, pornography, religion, obscenity law, media, AIDS, coming out, parenthood, and more.
by rottentomatoes, May 29, 2020
Jo Livingstone
The New Republic
Circus of Books is the story of an American family who wandered into the eye of history, and a virtuoso example of how to make a movie both very big and very small at once.
by rottentomatoes, Apr 29, 2020
Tre'vell Anderson
Out Magazine
A worthy homage to the Los Angeles-area landmark of LGBTQ+ culture.
by rottentomatoes, Apr 29, 2020

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