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Title:   In the Realms of the Unreal
Director:   Jessica Yu
Year:   2004
Genre:   Documentary
Times Seen:   1
Last Seen:   06.26.05

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06.26.05Netflix A documentary about Henry Darger: a poor recluse janitor who, his landlords discovered when they went into his room as he was on his deathbed at age 81, spent his life committing his imagination to paper through a 15,000 page novel, an autobiography, tons of illustrations to his stories, and a general treasure trove of details concerning this private fantasy world in which he lived. It's genuinely weird stuff, filled with little girls fighting holy wars and fake names rivaling Tolkein. The movie, which only had three pictures of the man, animates a lot of his artwork and tells the story of his autobiography, interviews with the few people who knew him, and the general narrative of his epic fantasy novel. It gets pretty crazy. I think it's a good film but I didn't react to his artwork so by the end i was pretty lost in what was going on. A really interesting story though... this guy leaves behind this monumental amount of stuff that no one had any clue existed. Of course, nowadays his artwork is much sought-after and very expensive. The old poor-while-alive, famous-after-death chestnut. It's a pretty cool ride if you're interested.
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