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Little Dark Poet (1999)

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Sarah Walden
Darren Walsh
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17 June 1999 (USA)  »

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Because the darker side of our nature is always more interesting that the good
26 November 2004 | by See all my reviews

A little poet sits at a high table somewhere in a very dark room. He writes a lovely Victorian love story featuring a man and a woman and the pictures are played out in his mind for us to see. Everything is going fine but it is increasingly evident that the poet is struggling to control the darker side of his creative forces.

Before I get onto what I think it means, let me first back up the other reviewer on this site and say that it is very imaginative and cleverly done.

The animation is simple but effective and the live action stuff does feel like Guy Maddin on drugs (although at times Guy Maddin feels like Guy Maddin on drugs). It is very different form what I expected and is all the better for it. The other reviewer has given some thoughts on the film so I will give mine – it is the reason that many of us like dark comedy instead of sweet humour.

The darker side of humanity is interesting because so many of us do not experience it very often, or give into that side of ourselves. Instead of this we watch violent art and this film looks at how much more interesting it is to explore this side of things – hence the poet here cannot help himself turning his sweet creation into some more graphic, sexually and violently.

Regardless of whether or not you agree with my reading of this film, there is still plenty to turn up for. Imaginative and great to look at (despite the budget constraints) this will make you think even during its short running time.


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