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It's Impossible to Learn to Plow by Reading Books (1988)

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A nameless young character goes into travels to the country, meeting some acquaintances and strangers as well, having banal conversations, dedicating his existence into daily mundane ... See full summary »

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Richard Linklater

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Richard Linklater (concept)
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Cast overview:
Richard Linklater
James Goodwin James Goodwin
Dan Kratochvil Dan Kratochvil ... (as Daniel Kratochvil)
Linda Finney Linda Finney
Tracy Crabtree Tracy Crabtree
Linda Levine Linda Levine
Lisa Schiebold Lisa Schiebold
Erin McAfee Erin McAfee
D. Montgomery D. Montgomery
Scott Van Horn Scott Van Horn
Daniel Johnston
Tammy Gomez Tammy Gomez
Keith McCormack Keith McCormack
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A nameless young character goes into travels to the country, meeting some acquaintances and strangers as well, having banal conversations, dedicating his existence into daily mundane activities. Richard Linklater presents an unconventional narrative, barely composed of dialogue and consisting in observing life and actions. Written by Rodrigo Amaro

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Country:

USA

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English

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Austin, Texas, USA See more »

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Budget:

$3,000 (estimated)
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Detour Filmproduction See more »
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Color

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film is featured on second disc of the Slacker (1990) DVD released in 2004 by the Criterion Collection. See more »

Crazy Credits

Instead of listing the names of several family members featured in the film, it instead reads "Various Family" during the end credits. See more »

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Features Gertrud (1964) See more »

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"It is dull, dreary..."
16 October 2004 | by butterfingerSee all my reviews

It Is Impossible to Learn to Plow By Reading Books: There is a scene in Richard Linklater's It's Impossible to Learn to Plow by Reading Books where the protagonist meets a woman at a train station. They nervously chat for a little while and fall asleep in the lobby of the train station. Then, our protagonist wakes up and leaves a note on the stranger's luggage. This scene has more poignancy in it, and a stronger feeling of isolation in it, than all one hundred and two minutes of Lost in Translation. Learn to Plow creates an entire banal world of lobbies, passenger carts, and tiny bathrooms. It is dull, dreary, and sad.


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