Good puppeteers manipulate the puppets dancing on stage, great puppeteers tug on the heartstrings of the people sitting in the seats. Michael Meschke is one of the great puppeteers -- perhaps the greatest now living -- and The Man Who Made Angels Fly
is a documentary about his remarkable art and even more fascinating life. As a child, Meschke escaped Nazi Germany to live in neutral Sweden. His dramatic childhood would later inform his philosophically rich marionette work, the center of a career that would endure for more than six decades. Now his collection of more than 3,000 puppets, each with its own story and personality, sits in the basement of a Stockholm museum. Exploring this treasure, director Wiktoria Szymanska eschews standard biopic methods, focusing instead on Meschke's uncanny ability to imbue his puppets with something very close to real life.
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