A film shoot in Peru goes badly wrong when an actor is killed in a stunt, and the unit wrangler, Kansas, decides to give up film-making and stay on in the village, shacking up with local ...
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Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction is a mesmerizing, impressionistic portrait of the iconic actor comprised of intimate moments, film clips from some of his 250 films and his own ... See full summary »
Harry Dean Stanton,
A film shoot in Peru goes badly wrong when an actor is killed in a stunt, and the unit wrangler, Kansas, decides to give up film-making and stay on in the village, shacking up with local prostitute Maria. But his dreams of an unspoiled existence are interrupted when the local priest asks him to help stop the villagers killing each other by re-enacting scenes from the film for real because they don't understand movie fakery... Written by
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The film had already won the Grand Prize at the Venice Film Festival when Dennis Hopper delivered it to Universal. Lee Wasserman, who had overseen the production and was in charge of the Universal independent subsidiary at the time, wanted Hopper to recut it. Hopper adamantly refused. Wasserman then said that if he did not recut the film, it would only play for a limited time in the U.S. and that it would not see the light of day in Europe even though European audiences were anxiously awaiting its European release, after it won the Venice award. Hopper still refused to recut the film, and refused to speak to Wasserman for years. In a recent interview, Hopper said that he has forgiven Wasserman. See more »
Um, my feet are cold.
(reaches under her skirt) Hey, hey, I know something that's hot and, uh, heh, heh. Yes, sir!
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The movie runs for a full half-hour before the credits roll. See more »
I watched this film twice. The second time I watched it I was simply trying to figure out why I liked it the first time---but like it I did. Usually I don't like this kind of film, because I think they're pretentious. (NORTHFORK, as an example.) I think if ten people watched this film, those ten people would take ten different journeys and wind up at ten different destinations--so I can only describe what I felt---and it really was, for me, strangely enough, only a feeling.
For me it boils down to this: I'm from Oklahoma. During the early years, growing up in the great American heartland, the moral compass is very clear for most people. But the feeling, as you grow older (and migrate away from your roots), that with each season something precious is slowly draining away, and that things you care deeply about become like sand dunes that change shape and form with every rising sun---and there seem to be a progressive sense of loss---loss of the north star, reference points, meaningful trails in your life, until one day you are forced to stop and ask yourself, "Where am I, and what the hell do I care about anymore?" That's when you go to the pound and adopt a dog. I'm sure that my response to the film had absolutely nothing to do with what the authors intended, but I liked the film very much, and can't help but feel that this film is vastly underrated and was never given a fair chance.
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