Wednesday, May 19, 2010

MOVIE: "In the Realms of the Unreal"

Let's take Darger's work, smear it with offal and shoot video of it! We could win an award!

I'd never heard of Darger until I stumbled on this film at NF. As a person with similar behavioral health challenges, I'm always on the look out for role models and inspirations. But, with my limited capacities for concentration, patience and retention of memory, there's no way in heck I'd be able to tackle Mr. Darger's work except by means such as documentaries.

You RUINED my introduction to the man! I researched him online a bit, before I watched the film. I know he's been favorably criticized for his methods and composition. I also know he was completely unschooled professionally. I couldn't wait to see the compositions.

You tore them all apart. I have no idea what the originals look like now! And I was so distracted, trying to reassemble the originals in my imagination, I couldn't hear what people were saying!

All through the film, I kept thinking: if the producers of this film can so badly mangle and misrepresent Darger's ART, what OTHER aspects of his life have they mutilated and mangled in this film?

You are not to be trusted with a paint-by-numbers kit, let alone a self taught genius!

Shame on you!