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The Definition of Insanity (2004)

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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Anthology Manager
Jonas Mekas ...
Dr. Mekas
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The Playwright
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Dawn
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Sax Player
Robert A. Champi ...
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Hedina Christiner ...
Ginny Lee, Actress
Padraic Confrey ...
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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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Comedy | Drama

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10 December 2005 (South Korea)  »

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An American Dream  »

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1.78 : 1
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Very funny and ultimately heartbreaking
4 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a wonderful film. I first saw it at the Newport Beach Film Festival where it won the best feature film award. It stayed with me for a long time after that. I then had a chance to re-visit the film at a special Regal Cinema screening. The second viewing just blew me away. Ostensibly about an over-the-hill actor, "Insanity" also deals with relationships, dreams, & healing from trauma, just to name a few. Robert Margolis' performance is breathtaking in its authenticity. You really can't tell this guy is acting. By the end I didn't know whether to laugh or cry. It's a moving, complicated, brilliantly structured film that hopefully will have a life well beyond the festival circuit.


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