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Go Inside the Meticulously Miniature World of Charlie Kaufman’s ‘Anomalisa’ at MoMI This Month

Go Inside the Meticulously Miniature World of Charlie Kaufman's 'Anomalisa' at MoMI This Month


On the heels of “Anomalisa’s” Golden Globe nomination, the Museum of the Moving Image has announced a new exhibit that will allow visitors to peek inside the film’s meticulously created sets and view the carefully constructed puppets that populate Kaufman’s painstaking stop-motion world. 

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In anticipation of the film’s December opening, MoMI presents “The World of Anomalisa,” an installation featuring two sets and puppets used in the film. The installation will feature puppets of the film’s two main characters, Michael Stone (voiced by David Thewlis) and Lisa Hesselman (voiced by Jennifer Jason Leigh). Both standing less than one foot high, they will be presented on the set of the film’s Fregoli Hotel, where much of the film’s action takes place. The sets and puppets will be accompanied by a video of related scenes from the film. 

“These remarkably expressive puppets carry the emotional weight of this provocative movie,” said Chief Curator David Schwartz. “‘Anomalisa’ is a great artistic accomplishment, a film that uses incredible craftsmanship at the service of a very touching story about love and identity.” 

The exhibit will open on December 18 and run through March 27. “Anomalisa” will open in NYC and LA December 30. 

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