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In the Realms of the Unreal

2004
Documentary
1h 21m
This explores the parallel lives of legendary outsider artist Henry Darger, a reclusive janitor by day and a visionary artist by night. (Diorama Films)
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54th
75
To say Darger's work is eccentric is an understatement. Yu's doc also has some unusual elements, with varying results. At times I was annoyed by the animation. It's a compelling idea, and mostly effective, but a troublesome approach to art. The Dakota Fanning narration is a well-intentioned notion but one that fails in execution. The lack of personal detail is frustrating, and I wish there had been more drawn from his autobiography. But perhaps it's better to let the art speak for the artist.
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65th
65
Good documentary, its best feature the bringing of Darger's drawings to life through animation (Tom Waits soundtrack a nice touch as well). Interviewees call Darger eccentric, schizophrenic and childlike, but it becomes clear if never explicit that he was a repressed paedophile with gender identity disorder. His Christian upbringing scarred him. He wrote and drew obsessively (an amount surpassed only by Adolf W├Âlfli) to redeem himself. The war his epic tells of expresses an inner one.
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34th
70
Darger's story is interesting, but not full length movie interesting. I would have rather visited the folk museum and just seen it for myself.
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55th
8
To quote the film, "Sometimes questions don't have answers."
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72nd
80
Fascinating and disturbing story of a troubled recluse whose elaborate fantasy world was discovered after his death by his landlord.
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Director: Jessica Yu
Genre: Documentary
Runtime: 1h 21m
Language: English
Country: USA

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