Nina Conti: Her Master's Voice
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Executive Produced by Christopher Guest
WINNER OF 2012 SXSW SXGLOBAL AUDIENCE AWARD
"Funny and kind of weird." --Christopher Campbell, Movies.com
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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 - "uniquely 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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
I really thought it to be a masterpiece and more fitting a tribute to Ken Campbell than anything else could be.
Her Master's Voice (2012)
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 travelling 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 artforms. 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.
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This brilliant, poignant, profound film goes by way too quickly. It is both extremely funny and heart-rending. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Thura
Beautiful! Touching! Incredible talent!!!! Her relationships with the puppets/dummies so rich and deep, you forget that they're NOT human. Read morePublished 12 months ago by cat
As a vemt wjp has been there, it was fun for me to see Nina Conti at the conVENTion. I loved it! I bet Monkey had a great time as well!Published 15 months ago by Dennis Meeks
We watched Nina Conti with her puppet, Monk, in "The Family Tree" and enjoyed her charming, hilarious and irreverent role in that HBO series. Read morePublished 20 months ago by M. A. McCarty