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Ambition (1991)

A day in the life of a young artist who longs for professional success and the attention of beautiful women, but who encounters only frustration and violence.

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Hal Hartley

Writer:

Hal Hartley
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
George Feaster George Feaster
Hannah Sullivan Hannah Sullivan ... (as Patricia Sullivan)
Rick Groel Rick Groel
James McCauley James McCauley ... (as James Michael McCauley)
David Troup David Troup
Chris Buck Chris Buck
Margaret Mendelson Margaret Mendelson
Julie Kessler Julie Kessler ... (as Julie Sukman)
Lasker Lasker
Bill Sage
Larry Meistrich Larry Meistrich
Michael McGarry Michael McGarry
Casey Finch Casey Finch
Adam Bresnick Adam Bresnick
Elizabeth Feaster Elizabeth Feaster
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A day in the life of a young artist who longs for professional success and the attention of beautiful women, but who encounters only frustration and violence.

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Comedy | Drama | Short

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 November 2010 (Argentina) See more »

Also Known As:

Ambición See more »

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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This short film was packaged on video with Hartley's featurette Surviving Desire (1992) See more »

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Voice-over: Dwell on uncomplicated beauty: The landscape, the sun on your face. Nothing touches you. Keep the image of your death cheerfully before you at all times. Gain perspective. Seek to clarify and comfort, not to obscure or mystify. Your aspirations are pointless; your ambitions come to nothing.
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Stunning short film based around a single notion of Ambition
26 March 2001 | by mattserendipitySee all my reviews

Hal Hartley once outlined his objective as a film-maker as defining the essential - to reduce a narrative to it's core and purge all sundry and non-essential content. If this is indeed his manifesto, then it serves him well on Ambition, a film which achieves more unity and cohesion in it's 15 minute duration than most films achieve in 90.

Based around an artist whose modest ambition is seemingly only to be "good at what I do", the film charts his brief rise and fall with the same unemotional eye. Initially seduced by those who control art and celebrity for his unique identity and voice, he is to be discarded just as quickly.

He later finds himself attacked (quite literally) by two suited thugs who scorn his vision and drive - "I love New York because the most beautiful women in the World live there" - before concluding that he is beyond hope.

Stunning visuals, perfect dialogue and immaculate performances.

This is possibly Hal Hartley's greatest achievement.


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