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About the Movie
PUPPET is a fascinating documentary that interweaves a broad look at the fraught history of American puppetry (its marginalization as children’s theater and its sudden explosion in movies and on Broadway) with an intimate thread following Dan Hurlin, a New York artist who is creating a complex puppet work about Mike Disfarmer – an eccentric, Depression-era photographer. Dan has just recovered from a scorching New York Times review, which forced his last show out of theaters prematurely. Now he faces a wider backlash against puppetry, suggesting an eerie parallel between himself and his new puppet-subject – an outsider artist whose stunning body of work was very nearly lost forever.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 6
- Fresh: 6
- Rotten: 0
- Average Rating: 6.9/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: The docu's work-in-progress glimpses possess a compelling strangeness as deep emotion is painstakingly deconstructed into tiny, manipulated movements.
Fresh: A documentary that made the festival rounds last year.
Fresh: Fortunately, Puppet has the right stuff even as it proceeds, checklist-fashion, through virtually every convention of the idiom.
Wow! very cool.
This movie is not for everyone, but it's simply beautiful. It opened my eyes to a whole new side of art that I had no idea was even out there. Thank you Dan Hurlin for all that you create!