Explores the world of ventriloquism through clips, photos and interviews with many of today's greatest vents, revealing this perceived novelty act as a great modern art form. New 2-disk edition contains 2 extra hours of material.

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Talking heads. A look at the art of ventriloquists. The first half examines basic issues, such as establishing two clear personalities for "vent" and dummy, the importance of not moving lips, the range of comedy that's possible, and the doors that opened when Jay Johnson appeared on "Soap" with his dummy. Several contemporary entertainers and historians comment. The second half profiles the best known ventriloquists -- Paul Winchell, Senor Weñces, Edger Bergen, and Jimmy Nelson - and assesses their strengths. The film closes with an assessment of ventriloquism's future. Included are many clips of performances. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Over 150 hours of interview and concert/performance footage was shot in less than one year for the film. See more »

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Intelligent & Fun Documentary
8 June 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Kudos to SIFF (Seattle International Film Festival) for programming the World Premiere of I'm No Dummy. I'm sure there are those that would say "Why a doc on ventriloquism?" I say, "Why did it take so long?" This smart, insightful and very funny documentary is carefully crafted to allow us to discover there is so much more to this misunderstood art and those that practice it. Tony Award winner and star of TV sitcom Soap, Jay Johnson steals the film with his intellectual comedy and flawless technique. Lynn Trefzger and her family friendly puppets are just delightful and Comedy Central star Jeff Dunham believe it or not fills huge auditoriums. Building on the work of those before them, such as Jimmy Nelson, Senor Wences and Paul Winchell, these modern "vents" have reinvented and reinvigorated this much maligned act. As an avid doc watcher it was refreshing to see an intelligent and fun documentary that had real depth. A wonderful doc where the "vents" vent about their work.


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