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jim henson’s the cube

August 12, 2012

I have a newfound appreciation for Jim Henson, especially for his experimental filmmaking, after seeing a collection of his experimental shorts, commercials, and TV appearances at the Hollywood Theater. Never realized how much he did before focusing entirely on his puppeteering work. For example, in 1969 Henson produced, directed, and co-wrote an hour-long existential teleplay about a man trapped in a white cubical room called The Cube that aired on NBC.

It’s reminiscent of The Prisoner, and deals with a number of similar themes like alienation, identity, insanity, psychological manipulation and torture, and the fine line between illusion and reality, as well as questions about perception and the nature of reality itself that seem to suggest that life is ultimately a paradox and/or shows how someone can get ‘trapped’ in their own mind.

Definitely a helluva lot better than most of the rubbish they show on NBC these days. I highly recommend checking it out if you haven’t already seen it.

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