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63 Ratings

Double Play: James Benning and Richard Linklater

Directed by Gabe Klinger
United States, France, 2013


A document of the unique friendship between James Benning and Richard Linklater. They play baseball at Linklater’s home, visit old shooting locations, and talk about their respective filmmaking trajectories over long meals and hikes.

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Double Play: James Benning and Richard Linklater Directed by Gabe Klinger
Double Play resembles nothing quite so much as one of Linklater’s Before films, with the arid countryside around Austin standing in for Paris or Vienna. Benning and Linklater may not have as contentious a relationship as Céline and Jesse, but they do have similarly voracious intellects and eclectic interests, which makes their banter comparably engaging.
November 30, 2014
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When you look at the kinds of films that both Benning and Linklater make—patient, concentrated, frequently populated by rugged, seldom-seen figures from the Midwest and the South—it’s not entirely surprising that these men are baseball aficionados and both played ball for awhile. This is a minor bit of trivia that Klinger wisely expands into the governing metaphor for Double Play, and it turns out to be surprisingly relevant beyond being a simple common quirk of the subjects’ biographies.
September 19, 2014
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The graceful flow avoids the spoon-feeding of pocket biographies, and even if the material can feel lean at times, Mr. Klinger shepherds along a valuable encounter with a sense of easy, generally uncanned observation.
July 17, 2014
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