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        In the Realms of the Unreal

        In the Realms of the Unreal immerses us in Henry Darger's startling universe of innocence and pain, showing how he forged magic out of the bleakest of lives. The 6 video clips provide additional background on Henry Darger’s life and artistic techniques and are used in connection with the provided lesson plan.

        In the Realms of the Unreal: Developing the Darger Technique (Clip 1 of 6)

        This clip describes how Darger came to write and illustrate his 15,000-page epic In the Realms of the Unreal, in particular, explaining his use of print images.

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        In the Realms of the Unreal: Darger's use of Ephemera (Clip 2 of 6)

        This clip describes Darger’s initial dissatisfaction with his drawings and eventual discovery of photo enlargement technology, which allowed him to manipulate his drawings in countless ways.

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        In the Realms of the Unreal: Darger's Improving Art Technique (Clip 3 of 6)

        This clip demonstrates the speed with which Darger worked and provides an excerpt of a battle scene from In the Realms of the Unreal.

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        In the Realms of the Unreal: Darger Moves to an Asylum (Clip 4 of 6)

        This clip describes Darger’s move from the Mission of Our Lady of Mercy to the Lincoln Asylum for Feeble-Minded Children. His life at the asylum is juxtaposed with images of children being abused and corresponding passages from his novel In the Realms of the Unreal.

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        In the Realms of the Unreal: Darger's Brave Little Girls (Clip 5 of 6)

        This clip demonstrates Darger’s faith in Christianity and in the bravery of little girls. These are Darger’s forces of “good” who do battle against the forces of “evil.”

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        In the Realms of the Unreal: The Vivian Girls (Clip 6 of 6)

        The beauty of the Vivian Girls and the innocence of the other children is juxtaposed with the violence and pain inflicted on them by the Glandelinian soldiers. Darger’s solution to violence appears to be to fight back with more violence, however, this corrupts the innocence of the Vivian Girls and other children.

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