Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction
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Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction
HARRY DEAN STANTON: PARTLY FICTION is a mesmerizing, impressionistic portrait of the iconic actor comprised of intimate moments, film clips from some of his 250 films and his own heart-breaking renditions of American folk songs. Stunningly lensed in color and black and white by Seamus McGarvey, the film explores the actor's enigmatic outlook on his life, his unexploited talents as a musician, and includes candid reminiscences by David Lynch, Wim Wenders, Sam Shepard, Kris Kristofferson and Debbie Harry. The fragile soul of an actor emerges from the poignant collage. Uncensored, unguarded… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Laconic, lost in memory but focused, Stanton slowly opens up to filmmaker-interviewer Sophie Huber."
‑ Tom Keogh, Seattle Times
"At the film's heart is a fitful conversation that unfolds like a string of koans, epigrams, jokes and silences. And songs."
‑ Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times
"Stanton isn't interested in giving away the details of his life and career, and no one's going to lure them out of him."
‑ Austin Trunick, Under the Radar
"A unique tribute to a unique artist."
‑ James Verniere, Boston Herald
"As he does in his roles, Stanton opens himself up to the camera in a way that has the indelible stamp of truth, an almost fragile sense of honesty."
‑ Sheila O'Malley, RogerEbert.com
"It adds up to an unexpectedly moving portrait of a maverick at twilight."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"Huber responds to Stanton's languid opacity in ways both inspired... and insipid."
‑ Keith Uhlich, Time Out New York
"A different kind of documentary for a different kind of guy."
‑ Bob Grimm, Tucson Weekly
"Refreshingly stylish and enigmatic. It brings out Harry Dean Stanton's warmth, humility and sense of humor."
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
"An insightful, well-constructed exploration of the sad-eyed character actor's life and career."
‑ Fr. Chris Carpenter, Movie Dearest
"Harry Dean Stanton is a marvelous actor and, at least from a visual standpoint, a marvelous camera subject. He's not much of a talker, though."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"A film that's in perfect sync with its subject."
‑ Nick Schager, Village Voice
"The artist and the art are inseparable. Stanton is a man content in the "nothing" he's carved out for himself."
‑ Jamie S. Rich, Oregonian
"Alternating between color footage and the genius interplay of startlingly lovely sequences of Stanton singing and playing harmonica in granular black-and-white, Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction perfectly captures the essence of the man."
‑ Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle
"It's a little frustrating at first to realize that Huber isn't going to get much explanation of anything from Stanton. But she ends up making a virtue of the actor's Zen calm...He's so present, it's as though he's burned into the screen."
‑ Noel Murray, The Dissolve
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