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Theory of Achievement (1991)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Short | 30 March 1991 (USA)
Affectionately examines the lives of a group of "young, middle-class, white, college-educated, unskilled, broke, drunk" Brooklynites who would love to make something of their lives -- assuming they can pay the rent first.

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Hal Hartley

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Hal Hartley
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Complete credited cast:
Bob Gosse
Jessica Sager Jessica Sager
Jeffrey Howard Jeffrey Howard
Elina Löwensohn
Bill Sage
Naledi Tshazibane Naledi Tshazibane
Nick Gomez
Ingrid Rudefors Ingrid Rudefors
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Mark Chandler Bailey Mark Chandler Bailey ... (as M.C. Bailey)
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Affectionately examines the lives of a group of "young, middle-class, white, college-educated, unskilled, broke, drunk" Brooklynites who would love to make something of their lives -- assuming they can pay the rent first.

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Comedy | Drama | Short

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 March 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Теория успеха See more »

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Mono

Color:

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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Guy: Self-content is like a serpent that nourish on one's breast suckling out the heart's lifeblood.
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Much better than Ambition - but i still say the joke is over!
19 June 2004 | by Ben_CheshireSee all my reviews

Its a disconnected series of electric scenes, interspersed with pretentiousness for comic purposes, mainly in the form of quotes read out loud.

I love the peculiar reality we get in Hartley's work. I think the style is funny, but I reinforce what i felt after Ambtion, that the joke is in danger of wearing very thin. The style calls more attention to itself and detracts from whatever version of his same old message Hartley is trying to express. And don't ask me whether there was a particular philosophical standpoint which emerges from this film - maybe if i saw it again it would be obvious - but after a while all the banal philosophy just becomes a mindless hubdrub, which i think is Hartley's intention. Only problem with that is - I create a piece of art where I poo in a public place, and am applauded in France for my originality, but a few weeks later I do the exact same poo in the exact same public place... but this time half as many art critics applaud...

Hartley gets big Kudos for thinking up this tone for cinema - but when you've seen it once, you've seen all there is to it.

Whichever Hartley film is the first one you see, you'll be impressed probably (unless you don't get it and think he didn't get the actors to talk like this on purpose!), and while this one is better than Ambition, i get less impressed the more I see.


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