Watch: Magical Universe 2013 123movies, Full Movie Online – Filmed over 10 years, Magical Universe is a strange and inspiring portrait of Al Carbee, an 88 year old eccentric artist who spends all his days making Barbie art. The documentary chronicles the decade-long relationship between artist and filmmaker Jeremy Workman, who became Carbee’s closest friend and only link to the outside world. At its core, Magical Universe is about wonder, friendship, and the transcendent power of creativity, and it culminates with Al Carbee’s greatest triumph as an artist and man..
Plot: A documentarian strikes up an odd friendship with reclusive 80 year old outsider artist Al Carbee, whose strange Barbie-doll photography gains acclaim and interest over the course of the project’s multi-year history. Far beyond a portrait of an eccentric, Magical Universe is about wonder, friendship, and the transcendent power of creativity
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Creepy, Bizarre, & Fascinating
This unique documentary, directed by Jeremy Workman, focuses on the very strange world of 88-year-old Al Carbee, residing in Saco, Maine, who has spent most of his life creating photos, diaramas, and artwork of Barbie dolls. The film can be quite creepy, bizarre, even a little erotic (as weird as that sounds), yet can also be fascinating at the same time.
While on vacation in Maine with his girlfriend Astrid, the filmmaker Workman got a tip from a local newspaper photographer to check out Carbee at his home, where the odd and reclusive senior might be a good subject for a future documentary. Carbee allowed Workman to view some of his meticulous creations involving Barbies, that he had been working on, in private, for over 45 years.
Workman did create a short film (less than 4 minutes long) from the visit, but in time, as a friendship developed between the two men, he was able to expand it to this movie. In the last third of the film, they’ll be some real twists and surprises for the viewer, which, overall, all add up to a remarkable experience.
I saw how some reviewers felt that this movie exploited Carbee, and I did get some sense of that while watching it and even afterwards. However, in my opinion, it didn’t cross that line especially with Carbee so enthusiastic about his works and how they might be shown.
Truly unique and refreshing, this is a beautiful journey throughout the mind (and home) of an artist. Something brilliant happens here that some may not understand… it takes a creative mind to get this film.
I don’t normally say this about artsy documentaries, but there were times when I was literally on the edge of my seat wondering what oddity we were going to discover next! Something mentioned in the film… weird doesn’t always mean bad, or sinister. There is an innocence and exuberance about Al Carbee that is magical, and I feel that this film is overall a celebration of an artist who wanted nothing more than to share his creative passion with the world.
This is worth watching!
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 20 min (80 min)
Genre Documentary, Biography
Director Jeremy Workman
Writer Jeremy Workman
Actors Al Carbee, Jeremy Workman, Astrid von Ussar
Country United States
Awards 3 wins & 2 nominations
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