Far Out Isn't Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story (2013)

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In Far Out, we meet an artist who creates boundary-exploring erotica and provocative political art, while penning best-selling children's literature with mischievous wit and childlike innocence. He arrives on American shores eager for economic opportunities and new creative freedom, and he leaves having offended even the tolerant and open-minded as he pushes past the limits of propriety. He becomes a broadly appealing artist and Madison Avenue success story, a singular artist steeped in piquant ideas and thoughts, yet even his most recognized books are now out of print. While Ungerer is by no means a victim, he is an early casualty of the so-called cultural wars-a man who didn't fit neatly into the left or the right, and who managed to offend and fascinate people of all political and cultural persuasions. Once the most famous children's book author in America, Tomi Ungerer became persona non grata in this country, exiled to the professional abyss, never to be heard from again. (c) First Run

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"Far Out Isn't Far Enough" [has] a raconteur's charm rare among film studies of artists' lives.

Sep 5, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

For the most part, Bernstein lets Ungerer, still impish in his 80s, do the talking.

Jul 11, 2013 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

In 1958, Ungerer's picture book "Crictor" featured an unlikely hero, a boa constrictor, and the usual anodyne pabulum served up to bored kids would no longer do.

Jul 11, 2013 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

As provocative as the art is - whether G-rated or R - the artist is even more interesting. Still sketching, still engaged, and, as the film closes, still searching for the outer reaches of enough.

Jun 20, 2013 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Ungerer's ice-blue eyes, sharp tongue and palpable enjoyment in shocking the bourgeoisie make him an engaging narrator.

Jun 20, 2013 | Rating: 2.5/4

The colorful personality and heterogeneous body of work of French-born illustrator-author Tomi Ungerer is vividly brought to life in docu "Far Out Isn't Far Enough."

Jun 18, 2013 | Full Review…
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I can remember seeing Tomi Ungerer's childrens' tales even though I wasn't aware of Ungerer himself. His animation and slight subversiveness remain in one's mind into adulthood. The real Ungerer is a wonderful introvert who has such an interesting and compelling life history.

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