Directed by Sophie Huber
Cinematography by Seamus McGarvey
Editing by Angelo Corrao and Russell Greene
Produced by Christian Davi, Chiemi Karasawa, Christof Neracher, Thomas Thümena, Urs Augstburger, Seamus McGarvey, Sven Wälti
Cast: Harry Dean Stanton, David Lynch, Sam Shepard, Kris Kristofferson, Wim Wenders, Deborah Harry
Running Time: 77 minutes
“I don’t give anything away,” Harry Dean Stanton cautions Sophie Huber as her poetic tribute commences. By focusing less on the enigmatic actor’s few words, but instead on his expressive physiognomy, and listening while he sings and plays harmonica (music being his true love), the film offers up everything we need to know about this quiet Kentucky man who also happens to be one of the most powerful character actors of all time. Stanton has a career that spans six decades and more than 200 film and television projects, including standout turns in the classic features Paris, Texas and Repo Man.
Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction is a mesmerizing, impressionistic portrait of the iconic actor, comprised of intimate moments, film clips from some of his 200 films, and his own heart-breaking renditions of American folk songs. Stunningly lensed in color and black and white by Seamus McGarvey, the film explores the actor’s enigmatic outlook on his life, his unexploited talents as a musician, and includes candid reminiscences by David Lynch, Wim Wenders, Sam Shepard, Kris Kristofferson, and Deborah Harry.
Uncensored, unguarded moments, and wry humor illuminate scenes filmed at locations like Stanton’s home and his favorite local watering hole, Dan Tana’s. Stanton discusses his friends Marlon Brando, Jack Nicholson, how his family influenced his musical leanings, the women he almost wed, and his preference for film over theatre. The poignant collage reveals the essence of a fascinatingly opaque and charismatic man.