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Hal Hartley
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Hal Hartley

Mark L. Berrettini

Abstract

Since the late 1980s, Hal Hartley has challenged standards of realist narrative cinema with daring narrative constructions, character development, and the creation of an unconventional visual world. This pioneering critical overview of his work and its cultural–historical context discusses seven of Hartley's feature films, including The Unbelievable Truth, Trust, Simple Men, Amateur, Henry Fool, Fay Grim, and The Book of Life. Drawing on journalism, theories of representation, narrative and genre, and cinema history, the book discusses the absurdist–comedic representation of serious themes in ... More

Keywords: Hal Hartley, realist narrative cinema, feature films, cinema history, impossible love, coincidence, human relations, isolation, gender norms

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780252035951
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252035951.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark L. Berrettini, author
Portland State University

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