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Magical Universe (2013)

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A documentarian strikes up a friendship with reclusive artist Al Carbee, whose Barbie-doll photography gains acclaim and interest over the course of this project's 10-year history.


Jeremy Workman


Jeremy Workman
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Cast overview:
Al Carbee ... Himself
Jeremy Workman ... Himself
Astrid von Ussar Astrid von Ussar ... Herself


Filmed over 10 years, Magical Universe is a strange and inspiring portrait of Al Carbee, an 88 year old eccentric artist who spends all his days making Barbie art. The documentary chronicles the decade-long relationship between artist and filmmaker Jeremy Workman, who became Carbee's closest friend and only link to the outside world. At its core, Magical Universe is about wonder, friendship, and the transcendent power of creativity, and it culminates with Al Carbee's greatest triumph as an artist and man. Written by Anonymous

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Imagination can take you out of this world.




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Release Date:

31 October 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Universo Mágico See more »

Filming Locations:

Saco, Maine, USA See more »

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Wheelhouse Creative See more »
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Tragic Magical Universe
5 November 2014 | by tngray99See all my reviews

I love this film. It speaks to anyone who loves art, who has created art, or is just plain weird themselves. Al Carbee is one of the most unique characters i've seen in cinema in a long time. He proves the old maxim "You Just can't make it up." The movie is uplifting in its message (who cares what others say follow your passion) but also tragic in the way that "The Man' will aways crush, or bury, passion in one way or another. I never thought i'd be so interested in a movie about Barbie dolls. After all that's what we are talking about here. An octogenarian and his passion for photography Barbie on moonscapes, in the ocean and anywhere between.


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