Who wrote the dialogues of Waking Life

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Waking Life

Richard Linklater has always ignored the simple Hollywood dialogues in his films "Dazed and Confused", "Slacker", "Before Sunrise" or "Suburbia" in order to immerse himself in characters who talk and philosophize about life itself. With the legendary trick technique of "Waking Life" he succeeded in creating a unique, rich and original masterpiece.

"Waking Life" takes the audience on an emotional journey through the animated dreams of young Wiley Wiggins, who is looking for answers, who wants to understand the interplay between dream and waking. Linklater recorded all the scenes with handy mini DV cameras in order to have them painted over on Apple computers in a new creative process. So he created a unique dream landscape in the middle of a city scenery.

"Waking Life" shows people in their small-town everyday life, exploring their thoughts and world views in a series of conversations. Wiley Wiggins takes us to bus stops, cafes and streets where we meet musicians, poets, imprisoned dreamers, anarchists and a tango band. "Waking Life" is exhausting when he examines physical theories and observes how objects acquire a life of their own. Like his characters, he tries to look beneath the surface of things - everything breathes, pulsates and asks the question of where this life comes from.

In many respects, "Waking Life" is reminiscent of Linklater's early film "Slacker," in which he brought together the lives of small-town Texans who were all attached to their own choices, watching life rather than participating in it. "Waking Life" brings back characters from previous films and also actors or directors (Steven Soderbergh) from the independent scene into their own action. The elaborate animation fascinates with the effects of watercolors, rich lines and constant movement even in the calm of the scene. "Waking Life" inundated with information, images and a variety of characters who share the strange feeling of being human.

G√ľnter H. Jekubzik

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Waking Life

USA 2001 - Director: Richard Linklater - Cast: Wiley Wiggins, Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke, Adam Goldberg, Steven Soderbergh, Robert C. Solomon, David Sosa, J.C. Shakespeare - Predicate: particularly valuable - FSK: from 12 - Length: 100 min.- Start: 4.7.2002

 

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