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The Secret Adventures of Tom Thumb

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London's Guardian has aptly described this hour-long animated puppet nightmare by Dave Borthwick (1993) as taking place in a "filmic netherworld where Eraserhead and Pinocchio meet." Part of what makes it so creepy is the use of real people as well as puppets, part is the overall surrealist imagination. I didn't much care for the story, which mixes Star Wars medievalism with Brazil futurism, but the images are eerie enough to stock a solid month of bad dreams. The music is by Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones. Music Box, Friday through Thursday, January 13 through 19.

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