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Slacker (2d-Criterion)

Director(s): Richard Linklater

Theatrical Release: 1991

Cast: Richard Linklater, Marc James, Stella Weir, John Slate, Louis Mackey, Brecht Andersch

Genre(s): Comedy, Cult, culture, Criterion Collection

Countries: USA


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Running Time: 100m.

One of the key American independent films of the 1990s, Richard Linklater's feature debut is an audacious look at the twentysomething culture in the college town of Austin, Texas. Set over the course of a 24-hour period, the film is a collection of short, unconnected glimpses into the dropout subculture, touching base with a variety of musicians, students, street people and general eccentrics. While there's no real plot to speak of, Linklater's eye for nuance and gift for dialogue are superb, and the portrait he paints is so uncannily accurate that the term "slacker" was almost immediately co-opted as a media buzzword, one interchangeable with the similarly-overused "Generation X." Regardless, the film is an evocative reflection of a community and its culture and remains a definitive artifact of its time and place. Jason Ankeny (allmovie.com)

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Criterion Collection 2-DVD Set #247 Special Features:

! New high-definition digital transfer, with restored image and sound supervised by director Richard Linklater and directory of photography Lee Daniel, made from the original 16mm film element

! Audio commentaries featuring Richard Linklater and members of the cast and crew

! It's Impossible to Learn to Plow by Reading Books (1988) - Linklater's first full-length feature, with commentary by Linklater, available here for the first time on home video

! Rare casting tapes featuring select "auditions" from the over one hundred member cast

! Deleted scenes and on-set footage

! Footage from the Slacker 10th Anniversary Reunion in Austin, Texas in 2001

! Original theatrical trailer

! Stills gallery featuring hundreds of rare behind-the-scenes production and publicity photos, and early script versions

! History of the Austin Film Society, founded by Linklater with Lee Daniel, including early flyers from screenings

! Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition
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