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Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction Reviews

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February 19, 2017
Beautiful documentary about great actor Harry Dean Stanton. Very insightful and intimate.
July 4, 2015
Apesar de ser um dos poucos ícones que restam de uma América que ainda representava qualquer coisa, Harry Dean Stanton insiste em ser um símbolo do nada neste documentário que lhe é inteiramente dedicado. Mas o nada de Harry Dean Stanton é o vazio perfeito para ser preenchido por um homem-paisagem que precisava só mesmo de ser e aparecer para marcar os mais de 200 filmes em que participou. Quem vem a "Partly Fiction" não ficará a saber muito mais sobre o homem, mas terá direito a descobrir que Stanton é um grande intérprete de velhas canções folk, e isso já é bastante.
February 27, 2015
Excellent Documentary about Ky-born Harry Dean Stanton. Highly recommended!
November 10, 2014
This is a nice picture. It's like spending time with an old friend that you are completely comfortable with. Makes you want to know more and see more.
October 1, 2014
A legend is heralded in his later life in true legendary fashion. There is nothing very much like Harry Dean in this world. He just is. And I for one am very delighted for that.
½ July 6, 2014
Painfully slow-moving, but with some interesting insights into a very interesting and iconic film actor. But he deserved a better film.
June 14, 2014
I admire the guy's tenacity. The man just does not quit, like a Hollywood tortoise. The movie is ok, of interest.
Super Reviewer
June 10, 2014
Impressionistic pastiche of the career of cult character actor Harry Dean Stanton (PARIS, TEXAS; REPO MAN), with terse interviews, conversations with collaborators like David Lynch and Kris Kristofferson, film clips, and lots of folksinging from Stanton (whose voice is just OK). Stanton cultivates a mystical persona and prefers to give vague, Zen-like answers to questions, so the film struggles mightily to build a portrait of the real man behind the image. The ratio of insight to folk songs is unfavorable.
½ May 2, 2014
A contemplative look into the idiosyncratic psyche of the hero of "Paris, Texas". Thoroughly enjoyable impressionistic glimpses of the fragilest of men who could withstand a tsunami, and 250 films. Harry Dean's life was the art as he laments his life as a threnody or rather celebration through song just as Burrough's was the canvas; similarities? In conversation with David Lynch, Stanton elucidates a haunting Post Structualist and all-round Stantonian view of himself - DL: "How would you describe yourself". HDS: "There is no self". DL: "How would you liked to be remembered". HDS: "It doesn't matter". DL: "What were your dreams as a child". HDS: "Nightmares".
March 21, 2014
Harry Dean Stanton was 86 when this film was made and he doesn't give a shit about anything. This is a very appealing almost Buddhist stance ("there is no self") - but it's partly fiction. The iconic actor suggests that he's been in 250 films (probably including TV, if IMDb is correct), including Cool Hand Luke, Repo Man, Paris Texas, The Straight Story, Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid and heaps more. Late in the doco, his personal assistant argues that Stanton's laid back persona is an act and that the actor really worked hard to achieve what he had and to transcend his poor Kentucky roots. The truth is probably in the middle somewhere - Stanton achieved much by working hard at being himself. A few details of his life seep through but mostly this is a rambling set of images and interviews with a lot more footage of Stanton singing than you might expect.
Super Reviewer
January 5, 2014
Legendary character actor, Harry Dean Stanton, is not the most obvious choice of subject for a documentary. Most often stoic, even in his seemingly endless film appearances, his lack of any sort of outgoing personality wouldn't seem to make for a compelling movie. The opposite, however, is true. Hauntingly shot by the great cinematographer, Seamus McGarvey (ATONEMENT, ANNA KARENINA, THE HOURS) and intimately directed by Sophie Huber, HARRY DEAN STANTON: PARTLY FICTION is a look at a famous person who refuses to be a fame whore. A great companion piece to GOOD OL' FRIEDA, about the Beatles' secretary, who refused to sell out, here's a deceptively simple doc about a man who reveals so much by revealing so little. NEBRASKA also comes to mind here, as both seem to be studies in elderly people who mourn the loss of a world where restraint was a virtue. Kinda puts every sass-talking, finger-wagging reality star to shame, no?

At age 87, Stanton may be old, but he's never really changed. He merely grew into the face he's always had, and he's remained the man he's always aspired towards. Virtually free of ego, when asked how he wants to be remembered, he tellingly replies, "Doesn't matter". Instead, Stanton reveals himself through the many haunting folk songs he sings in the film. In startlingly beautiful close-up, sometimes passionately playing harmonica, Huber proves that a picture truly is worth a thousand words.

More expressionistic portrait than true documentary, the film interweaves scenes from his long career with his singing and with interviews/conversations with his collaborators, such as David Lynch, Wim Wenders, and others. Try as they may to get him to open up, Stanton remains true to himself - genial, reserved and keenly aware that his life story is written all over his face. Sure, this is fairly thin, slow, and lacking in any real incident, but it's kind of the point.

Side Note: I had the honor of working with Harry Dean Stanton many years ago on a small indie called TWISTER (not the Helen Hunt/Bill Paxton blockbuster). I was the Production Accountant and my interactions with him with limited to "Here's your per diem, sir". His response, "Thank you." I think he spoke with me more than he did with the director!
December 13, 2013
Legendary character actor Harry Dean Stanton sits down in front of a camera, sings a few songs, says a few words and a few friends of his say share some memories with him. The result goes far beyond it being an intimate and insightful portrayal of a man who has managed to willingly escape the limelight while retaining the respect as a performer he truly deserved. It also reveals a side of his we may never have known, such as his down to earth personality, his almost self-deprecating humbleness when talking about his memorable past roles and his heartfelt passion for music. Partly Fiction also comes across as very imaginative and gratifying due to its naturalistic flow and an air of wise and sincere tranquillity. This deeply differentiates it from the countless more conventionally structured biographical documentaries and arguably even makes it more rewarding. Sophie Huber's work also enjoys some priceless contributions from big names such as David Lynch, Debbie Harry, Wim Wenders and Kris Kristofferson.
½ October 7, 2013
If you love movies than you love Harry Dean Stanton. The man has mastered the bit part excelling in films as diverse as Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid, Hud, Alien, Repo Man, Wild At Heart, The Last Temptation of Christ, and The Avengers. Wim Wenders & Sam Shepherd produced his ultimate performance as the wandering heartsick Travis Henderson in Paris, Texas and it ranks as one of my very favorite movies. The actor is a notorious lover or women and sampler of narcotics. His days & nights with Jack Nicholson are the stuff of Hollywood Babylon. Does this documentary explore any of that? Not really. Stanton philosophizes, smokes, and takes the praise given him by other iconic filmmakers. It's a fascinating watch that scratches the surface of the man, but never quite breaks through. It's probably for the best. And I could have watched at least three more hours of Stanton zen out on nothingness. VF.
Samuel Riley
Super Reviewer
September 30, 2013
A fascinating documentary based on one of the longest running actors around; Harry Dean Stanton. While giving information on his famous acting career, the real focus in this feature is his lesser known career as a country singer. And he's a very good one indeed. The film talks of how most of how most of his songs reflect certain aspects of his life and you can really see and hear the emotion as he sings each lyric. I also admire how they point out one of Stanton's specialities, as an actor, of how he doesn't think on his lines and pretty much presents them so naturally that they don't feel scripted. As a fan of Harry Dean Stanton, I went to see it during the Sensoria Film Festival weekend, and I more than appreciated it. Even if you don't know very much on Stanton, this documentary is still worth a try if you want to learn more on this superb musician/actor.
September 21, 2013
Tämän syvällisempää henkilökuvaa ei tästä hienosta, vaatimattomasta ja yksityisyyttään suojelevasta näyttelijästä pysty tekemään.
September 19, 2013
A sublime experience, like hanging out with old friends reminiscing, philosophizing, and just enjoying each others company.
Super Reviewer
September 15, 2013
While this may not be the most substantial documentary going, it is also a pretty good time spent in the company of the cult character actor and that has to be worth something. Luckily, the documentary is able to get a few facts out of Stanton who is very reluctant to talk about his personal life(there are a few clues from the snapshots seen on his wall), again proving how lively David Lynch can make any interview. So, we find out that Stanton was in the navy, never married, and may have 1, 2 or 3 kids out there somewhere. Otherwise, we could have guessed that living with Jack Nicholson is never a dull moment. At least, we do get to hear Stanton singing, which he regrets not pursuing fully as a career, and also see in film clips. While a good deal of time is spent discussing "Paris, Texas," a rare starring vehicle, the oddest sight is that of a clean shaven Kris Kristofferson from "Cisco Pike."
September 8, 2013
Worth it just for the clips and talk about Paris, Texas
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