NYT reviews a documentary about ventriloquists.

It’s a quick review with one tremendously good line:

Disappointed relatives are a recurring theme (hinted at if not always dragged into the light), and they contribute to the pall of poignancy that hangs over the film. A former beauty queen struggles to bring her act up to cruise-ship standards, but it’s her failure to marry that rankles her mother most…

You should definitely watch the embedded trailer, too.

The best treatise on the subject? This news story about the famous East Coast-West Coast vent feud of the mid-Nineties, as documented by Mr. Show:

via ‘Dumbstruck’ Shows Ventriloquists’ World – Review – NYTimes.com.