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The Definition of Insanity (2004)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 10 December 2005 (South Korea)
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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Cast

Credited cast:
Robert Margolis ... Robert
Kelli Barnett ... Sally
Frank Krias Frank Krias ... Frank
Derek Johnson ... Derek
Amanda Lara Kay Amanda Lara Kay ... Kate (as Amanda Kay)
Peter Bogdanovich ... Himself
Dylan Margolis Dylan Margolis ... Dylan
David Maquiling ... Anthology Manager
Jonas Mekas ... Dr. Mekas
John Greiner ... The Playwright
Dawn Marie Anderson ... Dawn
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Paula Atherton Paula Atherton ... Sax Player
Robert A. Champi Robert A. Champi ... Casting Director
Hedina Christiner Hedina Christiner ... Ginny Lee, Actress
Padraic Confrey ... Receptionist
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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.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA | Switzerland

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 December 2005 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

An American Dream See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Struggling actor overload
18 May 2008 | by flyingbirdcolorSee all my reviews

THE DEFINITION OF INSANITY is a rather engrossing independent film that, for a film-maker or actor, hits home. For those who never had the chance to work on a film, it offers an unfiltered, entertaining look as to what makes us show-biz people click. Director Robert Margolis plays himself, or herself a struggling New York actor. While he searches for profitable and rewarding acting work, his loved ones grow impatient. The stress Margolis experiences is way too real. We see the people around him give him unfair time limits to hit it big. Margolis filmed something he knew. How he was going to film it only came second. Margolis didn't fall in the process of film-making, a opitfall for most low budget film-makers


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