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In the Realms of the Unreal: The Mystery of Henry Darger
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on September 9, 2011
The film is executed in a way that highlights and doesn't intrude with one man's expression of reality shown by his art.

Although you see Henry Darger's work and reach a certain horizon of understanding it and the causality of circumstances that molded his relationship with the world, the fact that there was this human being and another that saved the work and a film maker who captured it all competently in film is truly a gift.
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on June 5, 2014
I have watched this video 10 times and it is still fascinating. Henry Darger's work is very complex and deserves the artistic recognition. He should actually be a part of MoMA and not the Folk Art Museum. As a painter I find his work brilliant. Artistically I never tire of his compositions and subject matter. This DVD was done so extremely well and the woman who did this film deserves ENORMOUS applause. Watch all the interviews and extras on the DVD.
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on April 28, 2014
this is a powerful story about an unusual person who processed deep emotions and feelings through his art. It serves as an inspiration to us all. I highly recommend it.
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on March 11, 2014
Great documentary. The way the narration flows with the images is perfect. A very honest look at one of the 20th century's most mysterious artists.
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on March 3, 2014
Fascinating story about a relatively unknown man with an extraordinary gift of imagination. The documentary was well executed. I enjoyed seeing the detailed drawings Darger created. After watching this, there are still many questions left about this interesting, quiet man. I find myself wishing he could have known the depth of his legacy, but perhaps, he would have preferred it this way.
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on December 2, 2013
This Chicago janitor lived a life of such total seclusion that only 3 photos of him exist. Every night he created his own bizarre imaginary world of written stories and drawings that even his landlord and neighbors knew nothing about. The sad truth is they all seem third rate and monotonous. His early life in orphanages must have been absolutely miserable to cause such a strong avoidance of human interaction. Personally, I found Dakota Fanning's narration to be an unwelcome distraction since she was too young to have any perspective or understanding about what she was reading.
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on September 2, 2013
Poor Henry Darger, his imagination may have helped him cope with life,
but after the discovery of his work how can you cope with the life
that reality presents through his unreal realms?
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on April 2, 2013
I was very moved by the story of Henry Darger. I was worried the documentary would focus on the abuses Mr. Darger suffered; however, his life seemed to not focus on the abuses, rather, he created a fantasy world to cope with them, and the film followed suit. I bought this as a gift for my mother, whom I am certain will enjoy and appreciate it as much as I did.
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on February 4, 2013
Such a strange and wonderous story. I don't know why I found it so interesting but I've watched the documentary numerous times. If yer odd like me you'll like it.
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on February 1, 2008
An amazing film! An amazing documentary! Don't pass this one up!

The true, and mysterious story of a man who created a whole universe in his room.

It just goes to show that sometimes, you can never what is going on inside someone's head. That art can come from anyone, and that sometimes you need art to survive

This is a must see!
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