Thanks to the eagle eyes of Gene X, we have another “War Eagle” jeep to investigate. It’s tiny, and it’s driven by the doll-vatar of Mark Hogancamp, the subject of the critically-acclaimed 2010 documentary “Marwencol” which we’ll just let the film’s website describe:
After being beaten into a brain-damaging coma by five men outside a bar, Mark builds a 1/6th scale World War II-era town in his backyard. Mark populates the town he dubs “Marwencol” with dolls representing his friends and family and creates life-like photographs detailing the town’s many relationships and dramas. Playing in the town and photographing the action helps Mark to recover his hand-eye coordination and deal with the psychic wounds of the attack. When Mark and his photographs are discovered, a prestigious New York gallery sets up an art show. Suddenly Mark’s homemade therapy is deemed “art”, forcing him to choose between the safety of his fantasy life in Marwencol and the real world that he’s avoided since the attack.
Here’s the trailer:
Best (possible) Auburn reference explanation: Adding to the pulpy pathos of Hogancamp’s project is the celebrity WWII icons—both real and imagined [e.g. Steve McQueen]— that inhabit Marwencol, most notably Adolph Hitler and George Patton. And if Hogancamp miniaturizes St. Pauli Girl advertising and Hitler portraits for his fantasy world decor, he’d certainly be a stickler for period detail when it comes to Marcenwol’s auto-industry. What’s the first Google Photo search result for “Patton” showing him in a vehicle? You guessed it—the shot of the jeep emblazoned with “War Eagle!,” the style and placement of which seems to match the “War Eagle!” painted on Hogancamp’s jeep. (That tiny tribute is probably the only thing keeping the doll of Old Blood and Guts from beating Captain Hogancamp as a malingerer.)
Or the dude’s just from Florida and he’s an Auburn fan. Can’t wait till he tckles Vietnam.
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