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1 hr. 21 min.

Plot Summary
Henry Darger is an isolated janitor in Chicago, spending most of his time alone in his apartment. What no one knows is that he is completing an epic work of art within the four walls of his home. This work, a book with 15,000 pages and countless images, is unseen until after his death 1973, when his neighbors discover what he's created. Jessica Yu uses Darger's book to explore his life and mindset, supplementing his own drawings and words with interviews from people who knew him.

Cast: Dakota Fanning

Director: Jessica Yu

Genres: Documentary

Distributor: Wellspring Media

In the Realms of the Unreal (2004)

Release Date: March 24th, 2004|1 hr. 21 min.

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  • 100
    San Francisco Chronicle

    Absorbing and exquisite. show more

  • 75
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Has an odd magic about it - the magic of Darger's singularly peculiar dreamworld. show more

  • 50
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    Even without much in the way of hard facts, Yu makes intuitive leaps, using animated segments to bring to life Darger's work, and therefore the man - or as much of him as it is possible to fathom. show more

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