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It's Impossible to Learn to Plow by Reading Books (1988)

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Dan Kratochvil ...
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Linda Finney
Tracy Crabtree
Linda Levine
Lisa Schiebold
Erin McAfee
D. Montgomery
Scott Van Horn
Daniel Johnston
Tammy Gomez
Keith McCormack
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The scene where Richard Linklater leaves a note for the sleeping woman is not staged. While waiting for their respective departures, the woman actually fell asleep and Linklater filmed his writing of the goodbye note before he left. In the audio commentary, Linklater admitted to wondering what became of her since. See more »

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Instead of listing the names of several family members featured in the film, it instead reads "Various Family" during the end credits. See more »

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A great zen-like road picture
1 September 2005 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I enjoyed this laid-back self portrait of Richard Linklater. He shows "the artist as a young man": the viewer builds up a picture of the artist by seeing his private life which includes mundane things like cooking, doing laundry, talking on the phone. There are encounters with other people, but very little dialog. Linklater decides to travel, as he is confused about his goals. We watch him travel across the country in a train. The whole is greater than the sum of the parts however. One senses that the vision of this filmmaker includes an almost zen-like love of the moment, and of simple pleasures. One is able to sense Linklater's connection to life, to like-minded souls, to the small pleasures of life. The result is a relaxing but interesting journey into the mind and soul of a great filmmaker.


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