Flirt

Overview

A lover, an ultimatum, a phone call, and a gun: these elements are found in each segment of Hal Hartley's Flirt, an experimental comedy-drama that essentially repeats the same story three times. But while the basic narrative remains the same -- a congenital flirt must decide whether or not to commit to a current lover, who otherwise will marry someone else -- the details differ greatly, from the location of the film to the gender of the participants. The initial segment, set in New York, tells the tale with a ...
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Overview

A lover, an ultimatum, a phone call, and a gun: these elements are found in each segment of Hal Hartley's Flirt, an experimental comedy-drama that essentially repeats the same story three times. But while the basic narrative remains the same -- a congenital flirt must decide whether or not to commit to a current lover, who otherwise will marry someone else -- the details differ greatly, from the location of the film to the gender of the participants. The initial segment, set in New York, tells the tale with a male flirt in turmoil over his relationship with a woman. The film then moves to Berlin, where the same drama is played out amongst a gay male couple, with an added touch of self-reflexive humor. The third and final episode takes place in Tokyo, with a female flirt and a more abstract cinematic approach, including several sequences in traditional Japanese pantomime.
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Special Features

NYC 3/94 - short film; Writen & directed by Hal Hartley with Dwight Ewell, Lianna Pai, Paul Schulze, James Urbaniak (1994/9 minutes
ot rated); Flirt - theatrical trailer
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Andrea LeVasseur
The ambitious structural device of Flirt -- essentially telling the same story in three different contexts -- is an intriguing idea, but makes for a boring movie. This is simply because the repetition becomes tiresome, with audiences not only knowing what will happen next, but almost having the lines memorized by the end of one viewing. The first segment is a straightforward tale in New York, told in the humorous Hartley style with a lot of quick deadpan dialogue. Switching to the less-witty second segment with the gay lovers in Berlin is jarring, and Hartley seems to cushion the blow with a little self-reflexive humor. In some lighthearted bits intercut with the dramatic story line, construction workers on a break discuss the film itself and its merits or failures. One wishes more of the movie could be like this, aware of its own structure and funny about it. Instead, the three stories mostly just play out, concluding with the final segment in Tokyo, which is strangely lacking in Hartley's trademark dialogue and requires more patience to watch. By staging the same story in three different time zones, it seems that important cultural comparisons would emerge. However, the nature of the style dominates over any character development, leaving the romantic situations hollow and flat. What Flirt turns out to be is a good study in form, but it doesn't quite emotionally register.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/23/2013
  • UPC: 887090060004
  • Original Release: 1995
  • Rating:

  • Source: Olive Films
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Time: 1:25:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 56,562

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bill Sage Bill
Martin Donovan Walter
Parker Posey Emily
Dwight Ewell Dwight
Dominik Bender Johan
Geno Lechner Greta
Miho Nikaido Miho
Toshizo Fujiwara Ozu
Hal Hartley Hal
Michael Imperioli Uncredited
Peter Fitz The Doctor
Chikako Hara Yuki
Holt McCallany Uncredited
Karen Sillas Uncredited
Erica Gimpel Uncredited
Liana Pai Woman at Phone Booth
Paul Austin Uncredited
Robert John Burke [Uncredited]
Elina Löwensohn Nurse
Harold Perrineau Jr. Man #1
Maria Schrader Girl In Phone Booth
José Zuñiga Driver
Hasan Ali Mete [Uncredited]
Hannah Sullivan Margaret
Lianna Pal [Uncredited]
Harold Perriman [Uncredited]
Patricia Scanlon [Uncredited]
Paul Schultze [Uncredited]
Boris Aljinovic [Uncredited]
Susie Bick [Uncredited]
Jorg Biesler [Uncredited]
Nils Brück [Uncredited]
Bano Dost [Uncredited]
Amina Gusner [Uncredited]
Jacob Klaffke [Uncredited]
Sebastian Koch [Uncredited]
Stefan Kolosko [Uncredited]
Joy Kraft [Uncredited]
Lars Rudolph [Uncredited]
Frank Schendler [Uncredited]
Gerhard Severin [Uncredited]
Susanna Simon [Uncredited]
Sabine Svoboda [Uncredited]
Hans-Martin Stier [Uncredited]
Yuri Aso [Uncredited]
Tomoko Fujita [Uncredited]
Junji Iljima [Uncredited]
Morito Ikeda [Uncredited]
Mansaku Ikouchi [Uncredited]
Kumiko Ishizuka [Uncredited]
Yutaka Matsushige [Uncredited]
Natsumi Mitzuno [Uncredited]
Masatoshi Nagaso [Uncredited]
Hirofumi Nakagawa [Uncredited]
Totsuya Tahata [Uncredited]
Meikyo Yamada [Uncredited]
Kenji Yamaguchi [Uncredited]
Tetsushi Yamazaki [Uncredited]
Eri Yu [Uncredited]
Technical Credits
Hal Hartley Director, Score Composer, Editor, Screenwriter
Steve Apicella Asst. Director
Mary Jane April Asst. Director
Michael Baskett Asst. Director
Jerome Brownstein Executive Producer
Reinhard Brundig Executive Producer
Mara Catalan Cinematographer
Judy Chin Makeup
Norman Engel Sound Mixer
Ulla Gothe Costumes/Costume Designer
Steve Hamilton Editor
Edgar Hinz Set Decoration/Design
Ted Hope Producer
Billy Hopkins Casting
Carleen L. Hsu Associate Producer
Satoru Iseki Executive Producer
Diana Jaher Casting
Hisami Kuroiwa Associate Producer
Tomoyuki Maruo Art Director
Tomoyuki Mazui Art Director
Yoshito Ohno Choreography
Midori Onuma Makeup
Jeff Pullman Sound Mixer
Jennifer Ralston Sound Editor
Ned Rifle Score Composer
Steve Rosenzweig Production Designer
Ric Schachtebeck Art Director
Roland Schmidt Production Manager
Hans Schönherr Asst. Director
Shinichi Shimano Asst. Director
Steve Silkensen Sound Editor
Suzanne Smith Casting
Michael Spiller Cinematographer
Tsuyoshi Sugino Casting
Osamu Takizawa Sound Mixer
Amy Tapper Set Decoration/Design
Jeffrey M. Taylor Score Composer
Gabrielle Theurer Makeup
Makiko Tomoda Production Manager
Alexandra Welker Costumes/Costume Designer
Karin Wiesel Art Director
Isao Yukisada Asst. Director
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