Puppet (2010)




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PUPPET follows Dan Hurlin, a downtown artist who is creating a puppet theater piece based on the life of Mike Disfarmer, a Depression-era portrait photographer. Hurlin's struggle to mount the show has an eerie parallel to his subject, whose stunning body of work was very nearly lost forever. --© Official Site
Documentary , Musical & Performing Arts
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Critic Reviews for Puppet

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (3)

Fortunately, Puppet has the right stuff even as it proceeds, checklist-fashion, through virtually every convention of the idiom.

Full Review… | February 16, 2012
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

A documentary that made the festival rounds last year.

Full Review… | February 16, 2012
Toronto Star
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The docu's work-in-progress glimpses possess a compelling strangeness as deep emotion is painstakingly deconstructed into tiny, manipulated movements.

Full Review… | February 2, 2011
Top Critic

If you've been itching for a good warts-and-all theatre documentary, check out David Soll's Puppet. Yes, the star is a tiny little creature made of chicken wire and papier-mâché, but it still counts.

February 16, 2012
NOW Toronto

The best part of Puppet is the light it shines on a darkly-lit stage, the preparation, the smoothness of movement, the choreography.

Full Review… | February 16, 2012
Jam! Movies

We need films like Puppet and artists like Hurlin to remind us that puppeteering is a magical act that can reflect honestly upon the human condition.

Full Review… | February 25, 2011
New York Press

Audience Reviews for Puppet

I never fall asleep at the theater, but god this movie was boring... it was a STRUGGLE to keep my eyes open. The film starts off fascinating; discussing puppetry in America, and the history of puppetry, along with it's social uses in other countries. Most of this is conveyed by interviewees from the world of puppetry and anthropology. Then, we begin to follow puppeteer Dan Hurlin and the production of his puppet play "Disfarmer". Dan himself has an interesting story. He is considered a leader in what is happening in American puppetry, however his last play faired poorly after a negative review in the New York times. This exemplifies the idea that puppetry is an art form that may not be as appreciated as others. As the film goes on it becomes more of a long, drawn out, bonus feature on a dvd for the play Disfarmer. This is what I didn't care for. There were some breath taking shots of inanimate objects looking like living breathing people, and the puppeteers are really masters at their craft. Disfarmer is probably even a fantastic play. But this documentary was torture, it was so slow that it stopped informing me and just started showing me footage. I could have taken a flip camera and hung out backstage at the show and practically had the same footage.

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