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Robert is an actor who may or may not be himself in this film about acting, aging and the dark side of ambition. Filmed over the course of 18 months, as a documentary crew follows Robert ... See full summary »

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Robert
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Sally
Frank Krias ...
Frank
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Derek
Amanda Lara Kay ...
Kate (as Amanda Kay)
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Himself
Dylan Margolis ...
Dylan
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Jonas Mekas ...
Dr. Mekas
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The Playwright
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Dawn
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Robert is an actor who may or may not be himself in this film about acting, aging and the dark side of ambition. Filmed over the course of 18 months, as a documentary crew follows Robert from one failed audition to another, recording in raw detail his every humiliation and small triumph as he searches for that elusive perfect role that will catapult his career into the next level. His vaunting optimism leaps one step ahead of a very real desperation. When he finally scores his dream role in a film directed by the Peter Bogdanovich, his life has reached a profound point of change - though what exactly will that change be? Written by Jamie Hook, Minnesota Film Arts

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How far would you go to pursue the American Dream.

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10 December 2005 (South Korea)  »

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An American Dream  »

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funny, well-acted, and way too true to life
20 September 2005 | by (New Haven, CT) – See all my reviews

As a director I know first hand, all actors are crazy. That isn't an insult, ask any actor. In this funny and charming film, actor Robert Margolis illustrates why.

His performance is dead on, as the actor who just won't give up on his dream, at any cost. And yet as doomed as his career choices seem, you find yourself rooting for this guy, not to get his life together, but to finally get a damn break.

This is a perfect portrait of an artist gone mad. Someone so committed to their dream, that they'll keep making the same mistakes over and over in the hopes of one day getting it right.

I've been there. And this so rings true.

Long live the artist!


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