File puptcrit/puptcrit.0904, message 352


To: puptcrit-AT-puptcrit.org
Date: Fri, 24 Apr 2009 19:19:32 -0400
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Paul Zaloom in "Dante's Inferno"


Speaking of CORALINE, my daughter won a pair of Coraline Nikes from  
the website and password at the end of the movie. They arrived the  
other day and are very unique looking!


Mary Horsley
mphorsley-AT-verizon.net



On Apr 24, 2009, at 12:16 PM, Alan Cook wrote:

> What I love about "Dante's Inferno" is that first, it is TOY  
> THEATER. And that as a film, it is EXPANDED TOY THEATER---there is  
> not just one version of cutout characters, but versions with  
> different poses or facial expressions.
>
> It gves new life to an old theater form.
>
> AND it is available for purchase.
>
> As is Steven Ritz-Barr's FAUST, with beautiful small marionettes by  
> Eugene Seregin which feels like traditional 3-D small theater. (Also  
> available for purchase).
>
> And speaking of film, CORALINE expands the possibilities of stop- 
> motion puppetry. Many on puptcrit have seen it on 3-D screens, but I  
> am amazed at the number of puppeteers who did NOT get to the  
> theaters in time for its release.
>
> Alan
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Dan McGuire
> Sent: Friday, April 24, 2009 6:11 AM
> To: puptcrit-AT-puptcrit.org
> Cc: Paul Zaloom
> Subject: [Puptcrit] Paul Zaloom in "Dante's Inferno"
>
> I just had the pleasure of watching "Dante's Inferno",  a miniature  
> puppet
> theater production, on DVD. It features some major stars along with  
> Paul
> Zaloom, and I think it is pretty great. The style recalls Jenny  
> Geiser's
> work, but there is some shadow puppetry and an outrageous in-person
> appearance by Zaloom as Satan.
>
> I'm very familiar with "the Inferno" - and even worked on a puppet  
> opera
> version with Indonesian artists entitled "Visible Religion" (toured  
> Seattle,
> Chicago) that was well received. This production has a lot of fun  
> with the
> revered text and puts a lot of your least favorite politicians where  
> they
> belong - in hell. The execution - music, sound design, lighting  
> performances
> - is excellent and raise the bar for puppet productions. A musical  
> number
> about lobbyists in Washington is worthy of Broadway.
>
> I strongly recommend it. <http://www.dantefilm.com/> for more  
> information.
>
> DAN MCGUIRE
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