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Director Michael Almereyda showcases the storytelling talents of Hampton Fancher - flamenco dancer, film and TV actor, and the unlikely producer and screenwriter of the landmark sci-fi classic Blade Runner, as well as screenwriter on the upcoming sequel. Fancher's running commentary - with a little help from Philip K. Dick - works in concert with extensive archival footage as Fancher relates death-defying escapades from a remarkable life. Romantic misadventures, two brief marriages, and wayward acts of jealousy, chivalry, and friendship are mirrored in a parallel universe where Fancher plays cowboys, killers, fops, cads, and the occasional hero.Written by
This documentary on the life and career of actor and screenwriter Hampton Fancher, directed by Michael Almereyda, is definitely not your standard doc.
Early on it seemed so disjointed and weird that I wondered is this going to get any better? Fortunately, it did, at least in my opinion, but I believe it won't appeal to everyone.
Fancher, who is now 80-years-old and living in Brooklyn Heights, is best known for his co-writing the screenplay for one of the classic sci-fi movies of all time, the groundbreaking Blade Runner (1982). He also co-wrote the 2017 remake Blade Runner 2049, as well as writing The Mighty Quinn (1989) and co-writing and directing The Minus Man (1999).
Fancher's adolescence and young adulthood was so amazing and wild that I could only shake my head in disbelief at it. Most of the movie has Fancher recounting his life in his own words, and it is quite the life, to which I'll leave most of the details to the viewer.
Finally, in the last twenty minutes or so, Fancher recounts the backstory of his role in bringing Blade Runner to the screen, and it is quite the tale. Overall, viewers here are going to have to adjust to a different way of telling a life story, and, as I see it, the film got increasing coherent as it progressed, was filled with surprises, and I ended up rather engaged in it.
To note: there were no subtitles on my DVD copy, obtained at my local library, and there is explicit language throughout.
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