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Ambition (1991)

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.

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Hal Hartley

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Hal Hartley
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Cast overview, first billed only:
George Feaster George Feaster
Hannah Sullivan Hannah Sullivan ... (as Patricia Sullivan)
Rick Groel Rick Groel
James McCauley ... (as James Michael McCauley)
David Troup David Troup
Chris Buck Chris Buck
Margaret Mendelson Margaret Mendelson
Julie Kessler Julie Kessler ... (as Julie Sukman)
Lasker Lasker
Bill Sage
Larry Meistrich Larry Meistrich
Michael McGarry Michael McGarry
Casey Finch Casey Finch
Adam Bresnick Adam Bresnick
Elizabeth Feaster Elizabeth Feaster
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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.

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This short film was packaged on video with Hartley's featurette Surviving Desire (1992) See more »

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Voice-over: 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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A Simple Study
16 June 2003 | by tedgSee all my reviews

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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Release Date:

17 November 2010 (Argentina) See more »

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