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In the Realms of the Unreal

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Genre:Documentary
Release Date:December 22, 2004
Running time:81 minutes
Cast:Dakota Fanning, Larry Pine, Henry Darger
Director:Jessica Yu
Producer:Jessica Yu, Sue West
Writer:Jessica Yu
Distributor:Wellspring Media

Description: 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.

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