Thursday, December 8, 2011
Henry Darger - "The Realms of the Unreal"
HENRY DARGER, AN ELDERLY RECLUSE, SPENT HIS CHILDHOOD IN ILLINOIS’S ASYLUM FOR FEEBLE-MINDED CHILDREN and his adulthood working as a janitor. Oscar-winner Jessica Yu master fully employs animated sequences to bring to life the enchanted world of a most eccentric artist. When he died in 1973, Darger left “300 paintings and 30,000 pages of writing, including his magnum opus — The Realms of the Unreal, a 15-volume, 15,000-plus-page illustrated novel on which he had apparently been working since 1909... Central to the novel are the Vivian Girls, seven blond Kewpie doll-like heroines who are the sweet-souled, ferocious leaders of the Child Slave Revolt