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By Ray Pride

“American Possibility: The Cinema of Hal Hartley” (3’46” intro)

As the Canadian Film Institute’s Tom McSorley writes as a February-March retrospective is announced, “Hartley’s work combines the best of American-style exuberance and intelligence with broader artistic influences from Europe and Asia. His work has been favourably compared to the films of Hollywood comedic master, Preston Sturges, to the searching and formally inventive films of French New Wave legend, Jean-Luc Godard, to the kinetic, balletic solemnity of Buster Keaton movies.”

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“To me, there was a deep confusion that still persists,” Morris told the crowd, “and I don’t know what you can do to disabuse people of this notion. I suppose you could hit them in the head with a large piece of lumber, but I’m not sure that would do the trick. It’s a simple rule: Style doesn’t guarantee truth. Truth is something far more elusive. Truth is a quest; you pursue truth. You go after it, you try to uncover it, because we all know that we live in a sea of falsehood. I mean, there shouldn’t be any tool that should be unavailable to you in the pursuit of truth.”
~ Errol Morris

“I hang out with highbrow people and I have on certain occasions earned my living with non-highbrow people. I don’t know what I am. A highbrow wannabe? I’m a groupie of intellectuals. I try to hang around them but maybe I am a clown who enjoys the company of intellectuals. Or maybe I’m a semi-intellectual who likes to hang out with clowns.”
~ Wallace Shawn