WAKING LIFE
2001, Fox Searchlight Pictures, 99 min, USA, Dir: Richard Linklater

Director Richard Linklater filmed his actors and then rotoscoped the footage to produce this surreal and cerebral animated wonder. Philosophical conversations between a young man (Wiley Wiggins) and the unusual characters he encounters cause him to question whether he is actually asleep or awake; among the actors, artists and thinkers heard here are Steven Soderbergh, Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy. “A work of cinematic art in which form and structure pursues the logic-defying (parallel) subjects of dreaming and moviegoing.” - Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly


HAMLET (2000)
2000, Park Circus/Miramax, 112 min, USA, Dir: Michael Almereyda

Transposing some of theater’s most famous soliloquies to Blockbuster Video stores and high-rise apartments, this powerful adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic play is set among the corporate elite of Manhattan. Here the title character (a fine Ethan Hawke), the son of a murdered Wall Street CEO, employs a student film to “catch the conscience” of his father’s killer and exact revenge. The all-star supporting cast includes Kyle MacLachlan, Julia Stiles, Liev Schreiber, Sam Shepard and Bill Murray. “The director's rigorous trimming has a boldness and vivacity that makes this version exhilarating while leaving Shakespeare's language and intent intact.” – Elvis Mitchell, The New York Times


HAMLET (2000)
2000, Park Circus/Miramax, 112 min, USA, Dir: Michael Almereyda

Transposing some of theater’s most famous soliloquies to Blockbuster Video Stores and high-rise apartments, this powerful adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic play is set among the corporate elite of Manhattan. Here the title character (a fine Ethan Hawke) is the son of a murdered Wall Street CEO, who employs a student film to “catch the conscience” of his father’s killer and exact revenge. Among the all-star supporting cast is Kyle MacLachlan, Julia Stiles, Liev Schreiber, Sam Shepard and Bill Murray. “The director's rigorous trimming has a boldness and vivacity that makes this version exhilarating while leaving Shakespeare's language and intent intact.” – Elvis Mitchell, The New York Times


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