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One Summer in Austin: The Story of Filming 'A Scanner Darkly' (2006)



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Cast overview:
Philip K. Dick ... Himself - Author (archive footage)
Tommy Pallotta ... Himself - Producer
Isa Dick Hackett Isa Dick Hackett ... Herself
Richard Linklater ... Himself - Director & Screenplay
Keanu Reeves ... Himself / Bob Arctor
Robert Downey Jr. ... Himself - 'Barris'
Woody Harrelson ... Himself / Luckman
Winona Ryder ... Herself - 'Donna'
Rory Cochrane ... Himself - 'Freck'


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19 December 2006 (USA) See more »

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They all don't have much of a sense of reality anymore. But he's the furthest along
1 October 2017 | by TBJCSKCNRRQTreviewsSee all my reviews

This is one of the two featurettes, the other being The Weight of the Line: Animation Tales, on the DVD of A Scanner Darkly. It is made up of interviews with cast and crew(as well as Philip K. Dick himself, from 1977. In one part, he reads part of the book aloud on the radio. Isa Dick Hackeet, one of his daughters, both of them concerned with getting it right, also further supplies the personal perspective. It's such an intimate book, and I was deeply impressed with this adaptation. Really, the only major issue I see is the ending not being as clear), behind-the-scenes footage and film clips, often matched up to them being shot(most of the time, you see either of them split from the other).

Topics discussed include the novel being visionary(such as predicting the great increase in surveillance seen in more recent years. It *was* written as Nixon started the already-then-intense war on drugs, and PKD was one of the many that the government looked into, whether that really made a lot of sense to do or not. The greater police violence also really rings true), the reactions to the script by the perfectly chosen actors who perform it, the director and his approach(you didn't think you'd be spared the lovefest, did you? He talks about them, as well), the characters(Bob in particular, what with him being the first person perspective protagonist. Fred, as well), each, especially, as perceived and analyzed by the person portraying them. This is 26 and a half minutes long, the last half minute being devoted to credits.

I recommend this to anyone who wants to know more about the subject. 7/10

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