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Critic Reviews for Puppet
Fortunately, Puppet has the right stuff even as it proceeds, checklist-fashion, through virtually every convention of the idiom.
The docu's work-in-progress glimpses possess a compelling strangeness as deep emotion is painstakingly deconstructed into tiny, manipulated movements.
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.
The best part of Puppet is the light it shines on a darkly-lit stage, the preparation, the smoothness of movement, the choreography.
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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