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Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction

Directed by Sophie Huber
Switzerland, 2012


An impressionstic portrait of the iconic actor comprised of intimate moments, film clips from some of his 250 films and his own heart-breaking renditions of American folk songs.

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Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction Directed by Sophie Huber
Shot beautifully by Seamus McGarvey, “Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction” is a compelling collage of a man who has been ubiquitous in American films for over half a century and is still with us, still working, still staring out at that horizon.
September 13, 2013
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Matching her subject’s lackadaisical rhythms, Ms. Huber has shaped an unusually poetic biopic seasoned with perfectly chosen guests (including Wim Wenders, Kris Kristofferson and a still lovely Deborah Harry) and fully integrated film clips. You won’t learn much, but you’ll be strangely happy that you didn’t.
September 10, 2013
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Huber responds to Stanton’s languid opacity in ways both inspired (bringing in gonzo filmmaker David Lynch to serve as an equally enigmatic foil) and insipid (a lengthy middle section devoted to unpacking her subject’s leading role in Wim Wenders’s great Paris, Texas is pure Film Theory for Dummies). You still leave impressed at the way Stanton fiercely protects the aura of mystery that makes him such an indelible onscreen presence.
September 10, 2013
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