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Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction

Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction
  • 2012
  • Switzerland
  • 77 min
  • Directed by: Sophie Huber
  • Cast: Harry Dean Stanton, David Lynch, Sam Shepard

Documentary on the cult actor, featuring film clips and bursts of melancholy song, and interviews with David Lynch, Wim Wenders, Sam Shepard, Kris Kristofferson and Debbie Harry.

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Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction

The life and art of a consummate loner.

This intimate and richly atmospheric portrait captures the enigma and charisma of one of America’s greatest living actors. Revealing himself more through his idiosyncratic singing than through what he says, Stanton emerges as a loner as deep and as multi-sided as any of the characters he has played. David Lynch, Wim Wenders, Sam Shepard, Kris Kristofferson and Debbie Harry provide testimony. The dry and lyrical images are courtesy of master cinematographer and EIFF patron Seamus McGarvey.

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A look at the career of Harry Dean Stanton, inspired by new doc Partly Fiction

28 Jun 2013

The captivating character actor has starred in Alien, Two-Lane Blacktop and The Straight Story

A character actor who briefly became a star in 1984, appearing in leading roles in Paris, Texas and Repo Man, Harry Dean Stanton (born in Kentucky in 1926) was also part of what made the seventies such a great decade for film, a time when character…

Edinburgh International Film Festival 2013: the best documentaries

17 Jun 2013

Dummy Jim, Lunarcy and Shooting Bigfoot among the 10 finest real-life stories at EIFF 2013

Dummy Jim Not an out and out documentary this one, as there's some fictitious/dramatised elements mixed in (a theme that crops up elsewhere in the programme), but filmmaker Matt Hulse was inspired by a true story: that of James Duthie, a deaf-mute…

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