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A terrible documentary, which focuses on it's not talented director.
7 February 2012 | by (NYC) – See all my reviews

I normally try to be nice, but, the person who made this - the director, and, one of the 'stars' of this documentary about ventriloquism - Ms. Sandra Luckow, is easily one of ... well, not only one of the WORST ventriloquists, but, one of the CREEPIEST I've ever seen.

I love documentaries - especially those a little off-beat. Those about subjects that are not normally given the focus they should, always are tops in my. 'must see.'

The premise of this - about ventriloquists - is interesting.

HOWEVER... not only is Ms Luckow a TERRIBLE ventriloquist (her dummy, a 70's bedecked Puerto Rican... MALE (?!?), the other 'artists' she speaks with are -for the most part - awful.

It begins with a short bio of Sandra, in which she tells how difficult her childhood was, and, how having this dummy made things easier.

Jump to the present day. Sandra's helping her sister out of a cab, with 'Pedro' (I forgot it's name, so, let's just say it's Pedro) on her arm.

They return to Sandra's home, in which Pedro asks if (the sister) brought him anything.

When I think back to the ventriloquists I've seen (and, to be honest: outside of Shari Lewis, Paul Winchell, and Edgar Bergen, I don't know of any more), they ALL had same-gender puppets (Ok, Shari's were 'cartoon' characters,but,still).

To have this dummy speak in a very unnatural male voice is really disturbing. She's absolutely NO charm, NO...anything.

There's so little substance on the history of ventriloquism rather, much of the focus is on Sandra, and her horrible act.

Terrible.


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