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Puppetropolis Chicago: Lost Souls and Other Animated Oddities

Nine short films showing as part of Performing Arts Chicago's puppetry festival (see sidebar in Theater). Despite the fact that it's three decades older than most of the other entries, Punch and Judy (1966), by Czech surrealist Jan Svankmajer, remains the funniest and most disturbing of the lot, featuring great editing as jealous puppets battle over a live guinea pig. In Genevieve Anderson's haunting, postapocalyptic Sunlight (1999) urbanites eke out a meager living amid a chemical wasteland. The Epic of Gilgamesh (1985) is a typically unsettling tale by the UK's Brothers Quay; Janie Geiser's Lost Motion (1999) offers a collage of superimposed images and decrepit dolls to tell the strange story of a man's search for an elusive woman; and Seamus Walsh and Mark Caballero re-create the stylized look of a silent movie in the amusing The Old Man and the Goblins (1998). On the same program, films by Sadie Benning, Jeff Sias, Wladyslaw Starewicz, and Marjut Rimminem and Christine Roche. 99 min.

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