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Theory of Achievement (1991)

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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 »

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Jessica Sager
Jeffrey Howard
Elina Löwensohn
Naledi Tshazibane
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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, unskilled, broke, drunk" Brookylnites who would love to make something of their lives -- assuming they can pay the rent first. Written by Ethan Straffin <straffin@xenon.stanford.edu>

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Pure Hartley
6 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Theory of Achievement is a great little film where about a bunch of down and out college educated Brooklyn residents who clearly desire more to life. They mope around and spew out their anecdotal existential philosophies. It all revolves around the price of rent in NYC and their attempts at making something out of themselves and their modest lives. It's funny, the dialog is great, the Hal Hartley style music is there and it all wraps up quite nicely into this little short. Charming and well worth a watch. This was Elina Lowensohn's first film and she's a pleasure to watch as always. Available on video with Hartley's Surviving Desire.


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