This short film was packaged on video with Hartley's featurette "Surviving Desire." It follows a day in the life of a young artist who longs for professional success and the attention of ... See full summary »
Four work colleagues compete for a promotion with different philosophies on how to succeed. Tyrell and Cynthia are mentored in their quest to win the promotion battle by Tyrell's uncle, a promiscuous male ghost and a fairy godmother with an attitude.
Henry and Fay's son Ned sets out to find and kill his father for destroying his mother's life. But his aims are frustrated by the troublesome Susan, whose connection to Henry predates even his arrival in the lives of the Grim family.
A series that is comprised of twenty-one monologues written by American playwrights which form a sort of fractured portrait of the American collective psyche. Ranging from the sad to the ... See full summary »
A commercially realistic but artistically conflicted playwright lends his Berlin apartment to a young actress friend so she can rehearse her drama school audition while he goes off to save his doomed production in New York.
This short film was packaged on video with Hartley's featurette "Surviving Desire." It affectionately examines the lives of a group of "young, middle-class, white, college-educated, ... See full summary »
This short film was packaged on video with Hartley's featurette "Surviving Desire." It follows a day in the life of a young artist who longs for professional success and the attention of beautiful women, but who encounters only frustration and violence. Written by
Ethan Straffin <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Dwell on uncomplicated beauty: The landscape, the sun on your face. Nothing touches you. Keep the image of your death cheerfully before you at all times. Gain perspective. Seek to clarify and comfort, not to obscure or mystify. Your aspirations are pointless; your ambitions come to nothing.
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Look, the man is an artist. His job is to understand the limits what can be done while at the same time embossing the world with his own shape.
This is trivial, heavy. That's because he works with cinematic reduction. He knows how to work with sex, at least facial sex which is the movie version. The most common cinematic reductions include violence. And he tries that. But it it already so abstract there is no room for another Hartley layer.
Ted's Evaluation: 2 of 4: Has some interesting elements.
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