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Thursday, October 9, 2008

Henry Darger

FMLY's Friday Night Movie Recommendation:

Henry Darger, an elderly recluse, spent his childhood in Illinois's asylum for feeble-minded children and his adulthood working as a janitor. He lived a quiet, nearly solitary existence, but his imaginary life was exciting, colorful and sexually provocative. When he died in Chicago in 1973, his landlady discovered in his room 300 paintings, some over 10 feet long, and a 15,000-page illustrated novel (The Realms of the Unreal), which told the epic story of the virtuous Vivian Girls leading a child slave revolt against the evil Glandelinians. Featuring Dakota Fanning (Hide and Seek) and Larry Pine (The Royal Tenenbaums) as narrators and imaginative animation of Darger's work, OscarĀ® winner Jessica Yu (Breathing Lessons) brings to life one of the twentieth century's greatest self-taught artists.

If you're wondering, yes, this is how the Vivian Girls obtained their name. Go Brooklyn! Purchase In The Realms of the Unreal from Amazon here.

Nephews - Dakota Fanning

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