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

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A nameless young character goes into travels to the country, meeting some acquaintances and strangers as well, having banal conversations, dedicating his existence into daily mundane ... See full summary »

Director:

Richard Linklater

Writer:

Richard Linklater (concept)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Richard Linklater
James Goodwin James Goodwin
Dan Kratochvil Dan Kratochvil ... (as Daniel Kratochvil)
Linda Finney Linda Finney
Tracy Crabtree Tracy Crabtree
Linda Levine Linda Levine
Lisa Schiebold Lisa Schiebold
Erin McAfee Erin McAfee
D. Montgomery D. Montgomery
Scott Van Horn Scott Van Horn
Daniel Johnston
Tammy Gomez Tammy Gomez
Keith McCormack Keith McCormack
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A nameless young character goes into travels to the country, meeting some acquaintances and strangers as well, having banal conversations, dedicating his existence into daily mundane activities. Richard Linklater presents an unconventional narrative, barely composed of dialogue and consisting in observing life and actions. Written by Rodrigo Amaro

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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 »

Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Features Gertrud (1964) See more »

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A concept movie about the mundane aspects of travel
15 February 2000 | by SonnybooSee all my reviews

This is Rick Linklater's actual first movie, pre-Slacker. "It's more Slacker than Slacker was..." - from the liner notes by Richard Linklater himself. He also described it as an attempt to capture the most boring parts of travelling. Shot entirely on Super 8 film, and edited at the local cable access station on Beta, this movie does in fact achieve it's goal.

Richard stars as a no named man who goes from Austin to see his friend by train, bus, and car during summer break from school. Minimal dialogue and mostly serene vistas of America from the window of a train.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

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It's Impossible to Learn to Plow by Reading Books See more »

Filming Locations:

Austin, Texas, USA See more »

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Budget:

$3,000 (estimated)
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Detour Filmproduction See more »
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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