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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Critic Reviews for Far Out Isn't Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story

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

Full Review… | September 5, 2013
San Francisco Chronicle
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Ungerer is a lively, articulate interview subject, acerbically funny about his run-ins with censors and anyone else who would hope to quash his colorful contradictions.

Full Review… | July 18, 2013
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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For the most part, Bernstein lets Ungerer, still impish in his 80s, do the talking.

Full Review… | July 11, 2013
Washington Post
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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.

Full Review… | July 11, 2013
Boston Globe
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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.

Full Review… | June 20, 2013
Los Angeles Times
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Ungerer's ice-blue eyes, sharp tongue and palpable enjoyment in shocking the bourgeoisie make him an engaging narrator.

June 19, 2013
Chicago Sun-Times
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Audience Reviews for Far Out Isn't Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story

A great, simple, extraordinary man...a great, simple, extraordinary story. You will love Tomi and love the movie.It nourished my soul and brightened my future as a human being.

ken karlson
ken karlson

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.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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