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David Soll

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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. – Ronnie Scheib, Variety, Feb 17, 2012

Fresh: A documentary that made the festival rounds last year. – Linda Barnard, Toronto Star, Feb 16, 2012

Fresh: Fortunately, Puppet has the right stuff even as it proceeds, checklist-fashion, through virtually every convention of the idiom. – James Adams, Globe and Mail, Feb 17, 2012

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Customer Reviews


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!

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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2012

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