Unbelievable Truth

Unbelievable Truth

Director: Hal Hartley

Cast: Adrienne Shelly, Robert John Burke, Chris Cooke

     
 

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Hal Hartley's The Unbelievable Truth comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. There are neither subtitles nor closed-captions on this release. Supplemental materials include the theatrical trailer, and an interview with the directorSee more details below

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Hal Hartley's The Unbelievable Truth comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. There are neither subtitles nor closed-captions on this release. Supplemental materials include the theatrical trailer, and an interview with the director. This is a fine release from Anchor Bay that should be of interest to any fan of independent American film.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
This modestly produced black comedy, written and directed by indie filmmaker Hal Hartley (Trust), is a self-consciously arch but glibly entertaining variation on the middle-class melodramas made in the '50s by such directors as Douglas Sirk. The Unbelievable Truth takes place in a small Long Island town where a vaguely dissatisfied young woman (played by Adrienne Shelly, Hartley's favorite ingenue) develops a crush on a newly arrived older man with a suspicious past. Robert Burke is suitably enigmatic as the stranger, an ex-con rumored to have committed murder. Hartley seems to be emulating David Lynch's Twin Peaks in establishing a seemingly normal, middle-class community rife with guilty secrets, adulterous affairs, and shady business deals; a suburb that looks pleasant enough, but where all the characters seem to exist in a state of perpetually heightened anxiety. After establishing them as "ordinary," Hartley lets them meander into absurd situations that play out with deadpan, tongue-in-cheek humor. The writer-director discusses his techniques in a commentary for the DVD.
All Movie Guide - Andrea LeVasseur
The dark comedy The Unbelievable Truth, Hal Hartley's low-budget debut feature, would set the tone for the next decade of this director's filmmaking style. Rapid-paced and monotone, the witty deadpan dialogue is the high point of this tale of an ex-con meeting a depressed teenager. While exposing the workaday eccentricities of Long Island townsfolk, Hartley reveals an underlying dark side to seemingly average characters. The close-knit cast and crew, the simple yet effective cinematography, and the extra short shooting schedule (less than two weeks) make this novice effort a touchstone of independent cinema. Adrienne Shelly is well cast as the obsessive Audry, giving a thoughtful performance to what could have been an angsty-teen stereotype role, and Robert Burke is also remarkable, fueling his character with sex appeal as the mysterious Josh. Erratic side characters flesh out the small town with understated grace, and the character pairings at the mechanic's shop make for some seriously dry comedy. While the story line could be termed a soap opera, Hartley infuses enough originality and depth to make it both plausible and compelling.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/13/2001
UPC:
0013131139891
Original Release:
1990
Rating:
R
Source:
Starz / Anchor Bay
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[monaural]
Time:
1:30:00

Special Features

DVD includes a conversation with director Hal Hartley.

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Adrienne Shelly Audry Hugo
Robert John Burke Josh Hutton
Chris Cooke Vic Hugo
Julia McNeal Pearl
Gary Sauer Emmet
Mark Bailey Mike
Katherine Mayfield Liz Hugo
Jeffrey Howard Irate Driver
David Healy Todd Whitbread
Matt Malloy Otis
Kelly Reichardt His Wife
Ross Turner Their Son
Paul Schulze Bill
Mike Brady Bob
Tom Thon News Vendor
Mary Flynn Girl at Counter
Edie Falco Jane (The Waitress)
Bill Sage Gus

Technical Credits
Hal Hartley Director,Co-producer,Editor,Screenwriter
Jerome Brownstein Executive Producer
Judy Chin Makeup
Jim Coleman Score Composer
Carla Gerona Production Designer
Bob Gosse Production Manager
Brothers Kendall Score Composer
Kelly Reichardt Costumes/Costume Designer
Michael Spiller Cinematographer
Sarah Stollman Set Decoration/Design
Bruce Weiss Co-producer
Wild Blue Yonder Score Composer

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Scene Index

Chapter Selections
0. Chapter Selections
1. Program Start/Main Titles [2:41]
2. "I don't drive" [1:54]
3. Audrey [6:17]
4. Fainting Spell [4:26]
5. Browsing [2:21]
6. New Job [4:02]
7. Criminal Gossip [2:20]
8. "Let's make a deal" [4:09]
9. Dad's Birthday Party [2:52]
10. Lovesick [5:22]
11. "I knew he had a history" [3:08]
12. Celibacy [3:28]
13. Modeling Career [3:04]
14. Audrey And Josh [4:42]
15. Planetary Gears [6:28]
16. Lack Of Faith [4:03]
17. "She's got nothing on" [3:56]
18. Dad's Blessing [3:35]
19. Down And Out [4:40]
20. Life Of Luxury [2:58]
21. The Unbelievable Truth [4:54]
22. "Did you make love to Josh?" [3:21]
23. Trust [3:24]
24. End Credits [1:58]

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