Gospel According to Philip K. Dick

The Gospel According to Philip K. Dick

Director: Andy Massagli, Mark Steensland

Cast: Andy Massagli, Mark Steensland

     
 

This documentary feature chronicles science fiction author Philip K. Dick, who was famous for creating tales that centered around questions of identity, often pertaining to the real versus unreal and human versus machine. In the film, several luminaries discuss Dick's impact on society and how it affected popular art, such as Robert Anton Wilson, author of the…  See more details below

Overview

This documentary feature chronicles science fiction author Philip K. Dick, who was famous for creating tales that centered around questions of identity, often pertaining to the real versus unreal and human versus machine. In the film, several luminaries discuss Dick's impact on society and how it affected popular art, such as Robert Anton Wilson, author of the Illuminati trilogy, and Paul Williams, who profiled the author in a 1974 Rolling Stone article that was a catalyst for his elevation amongst fans. Considered an underground writer, Dick built a steady fan base of devout readers and ardent admirers. Just before his period of recognizable fame, the author (portrayed here as a recreational drug user) was burgled and his private safe was blown open with explosives; the vault was later widely believed to be stashed with heroin, with the heist possibly masterminded by a young addict -- who could have been among the group of young people Dick frequently harbored in the early 1970s. Dick also attempted suicide, and firmly believed the "Xerox missive" (a letter) would contribute to his death. At the end of his career, the author was plagued by visions that all but forced him to give up on his "Exegesis," a tome equaling roughly over 10,000 pages that detailed his ruminations on the meaning of life. The Gospel According to Philip K. Dick includes audio clips of interview subjects and animated interludes of the interviews portrayed.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/17/2001
UPC:
0720229909655
Original Release:
2000
Rating:
NR
Source:
First Run Features
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:35:00
Sales rank:
82,963

Special Features

Never-before-seen bonus footage; Director interview; Behind-the-scenes photo gallery; The Philip K. Dicktionary; Scene access; Interactive menus

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Index
1. The Break-In [13:39]
2. From Vancouver To Fullerton [13:29]
3. PKD Meets God [5:56]
4. Gnosis [9:32]
5. Mail That Kills [5:42]
6. The Exegesis Begins [3:02]
7. PKD Is Dead, Alas [7:36]
8. PKD's Legacy [7:18]

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