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Henry Fool
     

Henry Fool

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Director: Hal Hartley

Cast: Thomas Jay Ryan, James Urbaniak, Parker Posey

 
Idiosyncratic director Hal Hartley's 1998 effort Henry Fool features performances from well-respected independent actors Parker Posey, Kevin Corrigan, and James Urbaniak. After a five-year delay, the film comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.78:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital

Overview

Idiosyncratic director Hal Hartley's 1998 effort Henry Fool features performances from well-respected independent actors Parker Posey, Kevin Corrigan, and James Urbaniak. After a five-year delay, the film comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.78:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. There are no supplemental materials of any consequence, but this disc is worthwhile for any fan of films made outside the Hollywood mainstream. While Hartley fans may be disappointed at the lack of extras, they will have no complaint about the technical aspects of this disc.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
After years of toiling in cult obscurity, independent film darling Hal Hartley scored a measure of mainstream acclaim with Henry Fool, an expansive meditation on art, subjectivity, pop culture, identity, and influence. This story of a garbage man inspired to write prize-winning poetry by a depraved, would-be philosopher bears the hallmarks of a characteristic Hartley film: mannered performances, stylized dialogue, precise compositions, and deadpan humor. What's unusual about this Hartley effort is the scale. Working on a larger canvas, Hartley inflates his typically self-contained world, crafting a narrative that spans years and that covers a dizzying array of disparate themes. Not all the riffs cohere into persuasive points, and the film's ambitious reach at times leaves certain thematic forays underexplored. Nonetheless, the surfeit of ideas is breathtaking, as is Hartley's mastery of an idiosyncratic, minimalist style. Anomalous as it sounds, this thoughtful and rigorous film is Hartley's epic. This film won the best screenplay award at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/16/2003
UPC:
0043396009837
Original Release:
1997
Rating:
R
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time:
2:18:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; [None specified]

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Thomas Jay Ryan Henry Fool
James Urbaniak Simon Grim
Parker Posey Fay Grim
Maria Porter Mary
James Saito Mr. Deng
Kevin Corrigan Warren
Liam Aiken Ned
Veanne Cox Laura
Jan Leslie Harding Vicky
Miho Nikaido Gnoc Deng
Gene Riffini Officer Bunuel
Nicholas Hope Father Hawkes
Diana Ruppe Amy
Chuck Montgomery Angus
Paul Greco Concierge

Technical Credits
Hal Hartley Director,Score Composer,Producer,Screenwriter
Keith Abell Executive Producer
Jerome Brownstein Associate Producer
Thierry Cagianut Associate Producer
Richard Greenberg Asst. Director
Steve Hamilton Editor
Jocelyn Joson Costumes/Costume Designer
Daniel McIntosh Sound/Sound Designer
Larry Meistrich Executive Producer
Steve Rosenzweig Production Designer
Michael Spiller Cinematographer
Daniel J. Victor Executive Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Start [7:32]
2. Fool in Exile [6:44]
3. Simon's Book of Verse [8:48]
4. Fay [3:01]
5. A Product of a Diseased Mind [1:32]
6. There, Their & They're [3:29]
7. High School Newspaper Editors [1:04]
8. Not Such a Good Idea [6:27]
9. "I Quit My Job" [5:21]
10. "This Place Is Crawling With Chicks" [1:28]
11. A Paroled Pedophile [7:00]
12. A Violent Response [6:40]
13. Angus James, Publisher [9:14]
14. "Henry Used to Be the Janitor" [3:14]
15. Mary's Suicide [3:10]
16. "Type Simon's Poem on the Internet" [10:04]
17. Pregnant [1:59]
18. The Wedding [2:59]
19. Marava Chase Reporting [2:03]
20. $100,000 Upfront 70/30 Split [2:00]
21. Caught in the Maw of Necessity [1:05]
22. Henry Fool's Confession [2:37]
23. "This Book Is Really Quite Bad" [3:36]
24. Simon Leaves His Mentor [3:22]
25. Pearl [11:37]
26. Turn of the Screw [2:35]
27. Room 423 [4:43]
28. A Fool There Was [3:07]

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Henry Fool 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Not only did this win several awards (including the Cannes award for best screenplay--if I'm not mistaken), but IT DESERVED EVERY ONE OF THEM. Brilliant writing and acting by all involved. This is a boot to the head for anyone who has ever entertained abmitions of being a 'poet' (and this is coming from someone who loves and studies it). 'Henry Fool,' like all Hartley films, staggers from the 'right' side of the road to...well...anywhere it pleases. And wherever that may be, we're happy to be there.