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In the Realms of the Unreal
Documentary
An innovative masterpiece that literally gives wings to one man's singular vision of an imaginary world. Henry Darger lived a reclusive life and died alone in a Catholic mission in 1973. For more than 60 years, he created a massive literary and graphic body of work, including The Realms of the Unreal, an epic, fifteen-thousand-page novel with hundreds of paintings that recounts the wars between nations on an enormous unnamed planet. Darger's keen sense of composition and vivid colors allowed him to create incredibly intense and beautiful illustrations, which are often disturbingly violent. Consciously excluding art experts and psychologists, Yu presents impressions of Darger's work only from the people who knew him, letting the audience make up their own minds about the man. The film cleverly parallels his real life with his fantasies, making the oddness of his fantasy world more accessible. Rated No Rating .
Cast: Dakota Fanning, Larry Pine, Henry Darger
Produced by: Jessica Yu, Sue West
Directed by: Jessica Yu
Written by: Jessica Yu
Running time: 1hr 21min
Opens: Dec 22, 2004 NY/LA
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