An unconventional film portrait of a truly unique actor.


13 November 2013, 19.30h at Rialto Amsterdam.

Sophie Huber
Switzerland | 2012 | 77 min
In English with no subtitles

A poetic documentary tribute to the enigmatic American actor and singer-songwriter Harry Dean Stanton.

Stanton became a Hollywood legend through countless productions as a supporting actor and his role in Wim Wenders’ landmark film Paris Texas, the only film in which he starred as lead actor.
Taciturn and contemplative as many of the characters he played on screen, Stanton, now 88 years-old, seems to prefer expressing his feelings through music than words.

With a disarming mix of charisma, dry humour and fragility, the tender complexity of both the man and the actor emerges from a series of sincere conversations with the film’s director, Swiss actress and Stanton’s close friend, Sophie Huber.

The result is a mesmerizing, impressionistic portrait of the iconic actor comprised of intimate moments, selected film clips from some of his 250 films and his own heart-breaking renditions of American folk songs.

Stunningly directed and lensed in a mix of warm colours and black & white, the documentary explores the actor’s contemplative outlook on his life and includes candid reminiscences by David Lynch, Wim Wenders, Sam Shepard, Kris Kristofferson, Debbie Harry and others.

A near-perfect poetic portrait of an actor who never became a household name and yet has earned the admiration of generations of filmmakers. – Film Threat

As he does in his roles, Stanton opens himself up to the camera in a way that has the indelible stamp of truth, an almost fragile sense of honesty. – Roger Egbert


Cracking the Frame

A monthly program featuring an international selection of critically acclaimed art related documentaries and artists’ films.

Cracking the Frame focuses on the creative intersection between art and film through experimental documentaries and cinematic portraits of the life and work of established contemporary artists, filmmakers, writers and global thinkers.

Each film is theatrically unreleased in The Netherlands and will be screened in English or with English subtitles.

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