Video Release: April 1, 2014
Rating: R (MPAA)
Studio: Criterion Collection
- Runtime: 100 minutes
- NTSC (Canada and USA)
A loosely connected series of scenes involving deadpan dialogue, one-liners, conspiracy theories, political conjecture, gossip, psychotic delusions, anarchy, and emotional ranting -- as espoused by the overeducated and underemployed youth of Austin, Texas.
A unique slice-of-life series of linked but barely related episodes of "Slackers," the socially disconnected, overly educated, and barely motivated denizens of the coffeehouses, clubs, bars, apartments, stores and streets of the college town of Austin, Texas. A cult sensation that launched a thousand imitators, replete with garrulous, too-cool twenty-somethings debating pop culture phenomena, none of which can match the spacey, floating-camera timbre of the original.
Shot on 16mm stock, DuArt color, then blown up to 35mm for release. "Slacker" was made in Austin, Texas in 1989 and shown, in a slightly different form, at several film festivals (including Seattle and Munich). Orion Classics eventually picked up the film for distribution, providing money for more post-production work and also funding the transfer to 35mm prints for theatrical release. Linklater has structured "Slacker", much in the manner of Bu±uel's "Le Fantome de la Liberte" (1974), as a long string of incidentally connected narrative fragments; whenever an individual story begins to take shape the camera moves on to something or someone else, and we never see the characters from the previous scene again. There are at least 96 acting parts (most speaking roles) in the film. And the cast is made up of actors with little or no professional performing experience.