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Surviving Desire

Wednesday, April 21

Hal Hartley in person! Plus the shorts AMBITION and THEORY OF ACHIEVEMENT.

“Seen partly by Hartley as a workshop experiment providing an opportunity to tell an unresolved story, film a rock band, and choreograph a dance number, [SURVIVNG DESIRE] nevertheless bears a strong resemblance to his feature work proper. About a lecturer in literature (Martin Donovan) whose obsession with Dostoyevsky is replaced by an infatuation with one of his students (Mary Ward), it’s packed with literary allusions, ironic wit, sparkling non-naturalistic banter, and moments of playful formal experimentation (most notably a deliciously absurd street dance performed without music). The cast of Hartley regulars makes the most of the droll, discursive dialogue, the saturated primary colours are a joy to behold, and there’s the usual concentration on themes relating to trust, ambition, and the solaces and dangers of living too cerebrally. Great fun.” – Time Out (London)

  • Country USA
  • Rating NR
  • Year 1991
  • Director Hal Hartley