Darger still REVOLUTIONS OF THE NIGHT THE ENIGMA OF HENRY DARGER
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About the Film 

'Revolutions of the Night' tells the story of the amazing discovery of Henry Darger's secret world of writings, paintings, objects and collections, created and collected over decades in his one room apartment in Chicago: apocalyptic visions of an imaginary war-torn planet in which children are pursued and enslaved by a race of evil adults.

Darger died unmourned in 1973 and was buried in a pauper's grave. As far as anyone knew, he had led an anonymous and isolated life, doing so-called menial jobs in hospitals on the north side of Chicago. This documentary charts Darger's journey from obscurity to what the New York Times has called his 'almost van Gogh-like mythic stature.'

'Revolutions of the Night' takes us back to 1972 when Darger's lifework was uncovered-- and then almost destroyed. The film captures the story of how Darger’s work came to be saved from the trash, with eyewitness accounts of the very first people to enter Darger’s world, including neighbours, landlords, students, photographers, colleagues, filmmakers and psychiatrists.

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Henry Darger 'Profitable Day for a Lost Child' (Detail)




Henry Darger's art and writings © Kiyoko Lerner - Screenshots and text © Quale Films