Saturday, March 15, 2008

In the Realms of the Unreal


I have this movie poster hanging in my livingroom. The movie is about Henry Darger, who, when he died in 1973, his landlords found that the recluse had led a much more vibrant life than anyone imagined, through the writing and painting that had been the focal point of his life. Darger’s 15,000 page fantasy manuscript The Story of the Vivian Girls, in What is known as the Realms of the Unreal, of the Glandeco-Angelinnian War Storm, Caused by the Child Slave Rebellion, the work which give this film its name, was the centerpiece, a story of child slavery, epic world war, and battles between the Christians and heathens. A fascinating movie, I highly recommend.

4 comments:

Akinogal said...
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Rosalie said...

I saw a show of his work at the Frye musuem in Seattle not too long ago. Amazing

Scott Bulger Photography said...

Very interesting guy Mr Darger was. I've read quite a bit about him and will have to look for an opportunity to view this movie.

Sydney said...

I saw the movie a cople of years ago here In Chicago. Fascinating story. We are lucky here. Intuit, a museum/gallery of outsider art has reconstructed Henry Darger's room with almost all of it's contents. It's amazing to see and I recommend a visit if you come to Chicago.