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Nina Conti: Her Master's Voice (2012)

Nina Conti , Nina Conti  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Nina Conti
  • Directors: Nina Conti
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Virgil Films and Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 16, 2012
  • Run Time: 61 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008B49EOA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,429 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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"an astonishingly successful film." --The Huffington Post

"Funny and kind of weird." --Christopher Campbell,

Product Description

Internationally acclaimed ventriloquist Nina Conti, takes the bereaved puppets of her mentor and erstwhile lover Ken Campbell on a pilgrimage to 'Venthaven' the resting place for puppets of dead ventriloquists. She gets to know her latex and wooden traveling partners along the way, and with them deconstructs herself and her lost love in this ventriloquial docu-mocumentary requiem. Ken Campbell was a hugely respected maverick of the British Theatre, an eccentric genius who would snort out forgotten art forms. Nina was his prodigy in ventriloquism and has been said to have reinvented the artform. This film is truly unique in genre and style. No one has seen ventriloquism like this before.

Executive Produced by Christopher Guest


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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Problems of the Self" Examined by Artificial Others October 16, 2012
While my ventriloquism-loving friends either laughed at the crudeness of Jeff Dunham or sang along with Terry Fator, I found myself pursuing the sheer quirkiness that is Nina Conti. Despite having released at least three shows on DVD, being featured in a Christopher Guest film, and being a regular both at comedy shows and in Youtube clips, true fame has eluded Conti, though I'm hopeful that her first solo film project here will give her greater North American recognition. As is her style, Conti uses her documentary to balance spontaneous humor and genuine human emotion for a sometimes-uncomfortable, always-entertaining tribute to her deceased mentor and spiritual center of the piece, theater maverick Ken Campbell.

The gist of the "story" here is that Conti, feeling uncertain about her future as a performing ventriloquist and saddened by the death of Campbell, considers abandoning the art but first commits herself to visiting an international ventriloquists' convention in Kentucky. With her, she brings her own puppet (Monkey) along, as well as the puppets willed to her by Campbell - "unique bereaved objects" whom she tries to help reclaim their lost voices - one of which will finding a resting place at the Vent Haven museum.

As much as I had been hoping to give this film a perfect score, a couple issues keep me from doing so.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I'll admit that I've always had a bookish interest in ventriloquism. It's not that I've ever wanted to give it a go - my failure to walk and chew gum at the same time practically insures I'd be nothing short of inept at manipulating a puppet, making it speak, and not moving my lips. Rather, I've always had an interest in acting. Ventriloquists master the unique challenge of creating not one but sometimes many personalities - the artist and the various dolls - and imbuing all of it with charm, wit, and performance grace. As someone who, in his youth, did some minor theatre productions, that's no easy task to do once; can you imagine having to do it simultaneously?

HER MASTER'S VOICE AND THE LEGACY OF SIX BEREAVED PUPPETS is a brilliant mockumentary entirely of Nina's design. When we join her, we find out that she's begun questioning herself and her career choice. At the onset, she's decided that, perhaps, it's time to hang up the puppets, put ventriloquism behind her, and get on with an all new life. And why not? After just ten years, she's mastered the craft, won accolades for her ability to re-invigorate a pretty much dead art form ... so what else is there to do? However, when she learns that her former mentor - Ken Campbell, "a hugely respected maverick of the British theater" - has passed away, she decides to go on a personal pilgrimage to Vent Haven, the final resting place for puppets of dead ventriloquists. Her plan is to select one of Ken's six bereaved dolls into the Kentucky museum, but along the way she learns more than a bit about herself, her relationship to the world, and precisely what it takes to express grief.

In short? It's marvelous from start to finish.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating May 29, 2014
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Fascinating view of what goes on inside the head of a cool ventriloquist. Nina Conti is authentic, thoughtful and talented.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Christmas present hit! January 9, 2014
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Okay, so I first need to say that I have not seen this DVD. A dear friend loves Nina Conti performances and so I bought this for him as a present. He said it was fantastic and will "rent" it to me. So, I have to believe it really is a good DVD. When I get to actually view it, I'll try to update my review.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Different but acceptable September 8, 2013
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This was different than what I was expecting. It doesn't have the standard emphasis on humor, but it was still interesting. If you are just looking for laughs this isn't for you, but if you love the "vent" industry and the people in it than it's worth your time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nina Conti: Her Master's Voice - Speaks To Your Heart August 29, 2013
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I love Nina Conti and this dvd ! Nina lets the viewer in on some of the personal events in her life - from fun to serious - and with the help of Monk the monkey, exposes and expresses her feelings. Go take this trip with Nina and Monk, and enjoy the ride. Very heartwarming, humorous, and genuine. A +++++++
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Impressive; this woman is brilliant — which means this is no normal ventriloquist and may not appeal to everyone. But it is more than a performance piece; you get beyond her spoken words and into her thoughts, as much as what pushed her further into becoming a professional ventriloquist. The CD made me want to hear more about her — and from her.

The piece where her puppet hypnotizes her is great — and I won't spoil the humor of it by telling you how it ends. (But, the idea of a mute ventriloquist is very clever — and very challenging!)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Self exploration via puppets
An interesting approach to showing how a ventriloquist pays homage to her former lover-mentor by attending a ventriloquist's convention in Kentucky. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Anthony Prudori
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed in this one
Was not what I expected. More of a documentary and not just some of her performances. That wold have been better,
Published 11 months ago by Duane Rumsey
5.0 out of 5 stars Quirky, touching documentary.
For anyone who enjoys Nina Conti's irreverent approach to ventriloquism, this film is a must-see. It's a poignant, often hilarious, and only occasionally self-indulgent journey... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Theda
5.0 out of 5 stars i love Monkey.
Nina Conti & Monk are two big wonderful presences.
I think everyone can take something away from this self-documentary.
Go get it.
Published 13 months ago by Tee
5.0 out of 5 stars unique
Her work (you can watch on utube) is hilarious, and this movie is further insight into the artist. She is unique, vulnerable, and quite funny in this great movie.
Published 14 months ago by rebecca potter
3.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected
I was hoping for a dvd of her routine. This was a story about how she got to where she is. Interesting but not funny. I love her routines on youtube and hoping for more of that.
Published 14 months ago by R. Barber
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Story
I loved this movie. Nina Conti pays tribute to her mentor, Ken Campbell, one of the fathers, of fringe theatre ,in England, in a manner, he would have appreciated. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Jersey ue
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Watch
I thought this film was very fascinating. I appreciated the ideas about the relationships of the ventriloquist and their puppet. Read more
Published 15 months ago by cleo's dad
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