Slacker (2-DVD) R

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DVD Features:

  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Rated: R
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 40 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: September 17, 2013
  • Originally Released: 1991
  • Label: Criterion Collection
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo

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Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 35


User Ratings: 10,299
Rating: 3/4 -- A movie with an appeal almost impossible to describe. Full Review
Chicago Sun-Times
Jan 1, 2000
Rating: 2.5/4 -- Linklater is very aware that his film doesn't have a linear narrative and the movie is structured with that knowledge, as well as for a variety in tone and theme. Full Review
Oct 18, 2013
The experience is funny, surreal and weird. Sometimes it's even scary. Full Review
Washington Post
Jan 1, 2000
...Director Richard Linklater pokes loving fun at disaffected twentysomethings... -- 3 out of 4 stars
USA Today
Aug 15, 1991
4 stars out of 5 -- [A] finely tuned and winning life sketch.
Feb 1, 2008
No one's made going for a walk a more appealing cinematic proposition than Linklater...
Entertainment Weekly
Sep 17, 2004
Rating: B -- The indie film has a fresh feel. Full Review
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Mar 9, 2009

Product Description:

Texan filmmaker Richard Linklater's debut independent feature takes an original approach to traditional narrative, creating an entirely new form of cinema in the process. Shot at a leisurely pace with a style similar to Robert Bresson, SLACKER follows the unmotivated inhabitants of Austin, Texas, over the course of one day, as they waste their time talking about politics, philosophy, and popular culture. Beginning with a cab ride in which the fare (Linklater himself) suggests to the driver a theory about alternate universes (which also happens to mirror what transpires on screen), the film abruptly shifts to another character and situation after an elderly woman is hit by a car. Soon after, another character is introduced, and the camera follows her. This formula sticks for the whole film; by the end, dozens of characters have been introduced and, just as quickly, been left behind.

Linklater spent years taking notes in order to infuse original dialogue into every situation, which results in a sometimes pathetic, sometimes poignant, always amusing trip into a lackadaisical college town. Luckily, for fans of new and inventive approaches to filmmaking, Linklater himself wasn't a "slacker," ensuring the film's place in indie film history.

Plot Synopsis:

SLACKER, a unique slice-of-life series of linked but barely related episodes, follows the socially disconnected, overly educated, and barely motivated denizens of the coffeehouses, clubs, bars, apartments, stores, and streets of the college town of Austin, Texas. Richard Linklater's debut feature is a cult sensation that launched a thousand imitators, replete with garrulous, too-cool twenty-somethings debating pop culture phenomena, none of which can match the spacey, floating-camera timbre of the original.


Production Notes:

  • SLACKER was made in Austin, Texas in 1989 and shown, in a slightly different form, at several film festivals (including Seattle and Munich). Orion Classics eventually picked up the film for distribution, providing money for more post-production work and also funding the transfer to 35mm prints for theatrical release.
  • Linklater structured SLACKER much in the manner of Bunuel's LE FANTOME DE LA LIBERTE, as a long string of incidentally connected narrative fragments; whenever an individual story begins to take shape the camera moves on to something or someone else, and we never see the characters from the previous scene again.
  • There are at least 96 acting parts (mostly speaking roles) in the film. The cast was made up of actors with little or no professional performing experience.

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  • UPC: 715515109710
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