Slacker (The Criterion Collection)
Special Edition, The Criterion Collection
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Richard Linklater's Slacker presents a day in the life of a subculture of marginal, eccentric, and overeducated citizens in and around the University of Texas at Austin. Shooting the film on 16mm for a mere $23,000, writer/producer/director Linklater and his close-knit crew of friends eschewed a traditional plot, choosing instead to employ long takes and fluid transitions to create a tapestry of over a hundred characters, each as unique as the last, culminating in an episodic portrait of a distinct vernacular culture and a tribute to bohemian cerebration. Slacker is a prescient look at an emerging generation of aggressive nonparticipants, and one of the keynote films of the American independent film movement of the 1990s.
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This film and this must have companion books are an all time classic piece of American underground cinema and a scathing examination of teenage and young adult life at the moment in time when the USA was just coming out of the desolated dark ages of the Reagan 80s.
DO ONT CONFUSE THIS FILM WITH THAT CRAPPY PIECE OF S*** CALLED "SLACKERS" THEY CAN GO DIE!
Linklater does a marvelous job catching the pulse of Austin in 24 frames per second through the 16 mm camera that he was using during the filming of Slacker. The pace of the film is what the film truly is as it brings an authentic feel of the people in Austin and probably many other places in the world. This feeling displays a city where things might change, but not if one does not act upon the thoughts and ideas brought into the light, hence the title Slacker.
The style of Linklater's film is related to Luis Bunuel, also known as the father of cinematic Surrealism, who used similar styles in his later films. This cinematic style is essential for the story, if there is one, as it is the engine of the story. This low-budget production offers an interesting, amusing, and innovating cinematic experience that will be mimicked, discussed, and studied by many film enthusiasts and rightfully so.