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Escapes (2017)

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Directed by Michael Almereyda (Experimenter) and executive produced by Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel), Escapes blazes a wild path through mid-20th-century Hollywood via the experiences of Hampton Fancher - flamenco dancer, actor, and the unlikely producer and screenwriter of the landmark sci-fi classic Blade Runner. (Fancher also penned the story for its sequel, Blade Runner 2049.) A consummate raconteur, Fancher recounts episodes from his remarkable life - romantic misadventures with silver-screen stars, wayward acts of chivalry, jealousy, and friendship - matched with a parallel world of film and TV footage wherein Fancher plays cowboys, killers, fops, cads, and the occasional hero. Equal parts dense and fleet, Escapes shows how one man's personal journey can unexpectedly shape a medium's future.

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Be it divine intervention or just pure dumb luck, Fancher never lost his foothold on the fringes of cinema. He lived his life as if it was a movie waiting to be made.

August 25, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

A half-dozen true Hollywood stories are presented in "Escapes," all offered in a matter-of-fact style that seems detached from typical celebrity brand-building and false humility.

August 16, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

"Escapes" is as unconventional as its subject, demonstrating the charming things that can happen when a life in no way ordinary gets documented by a filmmaker most unusual.

August 10, 2017 | Full Review…

"Escapes" is an eccentric portrait of a not especially eccentric - or even terribly interesting - subject ...

August 3, 2017 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

[An] enjoyable doc, which touches on everything from flamenco to Blade Runner and leaves us wanting more.

August 1, 2017 | Full Review…

Fancher is just one of those guys -- you know the kind. The word is usually "raconteur," but that doesn't quite seem to cover it, here. In fact, there isn't a word in the English language that does.

July 27, 2017 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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