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Winner of over a dozen awards, including two Independent Spirit Awards and Best Documentary of the Year from Boston Society of Film Critics.
- Eight Additional Marwencol Story Sequences
- Deleted Scenes
- Mark s Reaction to the Film
- Mark at the Red Carpet Premiere
- Stills Gallery
- Theatrical Trailer
- Introduction by film critic Elvis Mitchell
- Collectible Marwencol mini-print by Mark Hogancamp
"An astounding movie - one of those tales of all-american oddness that just keeps flowering into weirder, richer territory." --Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"GRADE: A-! I can barely describe the wonders of Marwencol." --Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
Top Customer Reviews
He also painstakingly and meticulously photographed his world--and this surprisingly original voice was soon discovered by the contemporary art scene. A reluctant talent, to be sure, the project took on levels of interest that he could never have originally foreseen. The film is, first and foremost, an exploration of the artistic process and a modern character study. It's fascinating to see how real life occurrences materialize as dramatic plot points within his imagination. And that's what he's most proud of--he hasn't lost the ability to imagine.Read more ›
And he is such a complex and interesting man. So private, but so honest and forthright when he talks about himself.
And then there is the story itself. Of a man that experienced such hate and suffering and somehow came through it to create this strange, private world.
I loved the film. I think you might, also.
beating and loss of self -- was heart wrenching. Mark Hogancamp is an artist
in the truest sense. He creates out of a deep need to make sense of his life
and isn't swayed by commercial interests. The WWII town of Marwencol and its
brave and brooding dolls cast a strange spell on me. Recommended this to all
my artsy friends.
The demonstration of Mr. Hogancamp's artistic obsession with his little village and the extent to which he went for authentication; the creativity and imagination he demonstrates; his finely detailed work on all the pieces along with the vast amount of time it must have taken on a daily basis not to mention the monetary expense he went to is mind-blowing.
The content of the film enables it to stand on its own without directorial or scriptual interpretations or embellishments for it is a film about a truly unique person and how many of those do we encounter in this world?
Context is meaning and can often frame art to make it much deeper. Director Malmberg knows this well and makes some excellent choices in Marwencol; there are so many ways to approach this story, and he found a wonderfully subtle, empathic narrative. We're given bits and pieces of the backstory, but the main point here is the powerful life in Mark's art. When you first see it, it has a certain resonance that can't be defined. It ain't your average dollhouse, to be sure.
As we learn about Mark and his ordeal and what caused it, the town and characters of Marwencol take on a much stronger level of meaning. They show us Mark's soul, his pain, his resolve, his sadness, and if we look cloesly enough we might even get a glimpse of our own fractured inner lives. But most of us haven't manifested them on the physical plane, let alone this revealingly. That's what artists do, and by that definition Hogencamp is most certainly a fine artist.
There's a lt of sly humor here, and Malmberg's feel for his subject is the best thing about this film (outside of Mark's unique world, of course). The director knows that world and takes us into it cleanly. It's a strange yet oddly calming ride, and the affection of Mark's friends for him and his world says volumes.
The brief glimpses of his past and the refusal of Malmberg to dwell on the crime, instead focusing on the art that grows out of that crime's wound, are what makes this film so interesting. It takes its time, but the deeper you go the more it all means. I was especially moved by Mark's pre-attack sketch of him holding onto AA. It goes by fast; watch for it and pause there and take a long look. It hauntingly prefaces what followed.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fascinating story though some might find it bizarre... Amazing what the mind can do to heal itself.Published 10 days ago by Book Lover
I watched this years ago on IFC or Sundance Chanel and it left a huge impression on me and I knew I'd buy it one day if I ever saw it. I had to own it. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Amazon Customer
This documentary is so honest, and sincere. It never tries to sugar coat anything, but it doesn't force out unnecessary edginess or "dramatic documentary manipulation"... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Fi
Amazing story of a damaged fellow, oozing with artistic talent. Fascinating details and photography. Mark Hogancamp is an incredible survivor.Published 6 months ago by Candy Riddell
Marwencol is an outstanding documentary portrait of artist/photographer, Mark Hogancamp. Due to a severe brain injury caused by a near fatal hate crime in 2000, he suffers from... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Margaret Morton
Beyond wonderful. The art is so compelling; Mark's story even more so. A beautiful film about fragility and resilience, the power of imagination and the courage it takes to be and... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Nadyne Webb