Talking to Strangers (1988)

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It consists of only nine ten minute segments. Each shot/sequence was filmed only once in 35mm film with direct sound. The complexity and ground breaking originality of these shots has obtained widespread international acclaim.


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29 June 2004 | openeyes
| Worth a look
"Talking to Strangers" is a unique film consisting of nine incidents each told in a single continuous take on a single roll of film. The only link between the segments is the presence of actor Ken Gruz, a somewhat slight but nonetheless likable performer. Technically-speaking, this low-budget film shot in Baltimore, Maryland, is nothing short of a tour de force. Writer/Director Rob Tregenza moves his camera with smooth and assured inventiveness. However, the narrative structure, and I use that term loosely, leaves something to be desired. If there is a thematic or narrative connection between the individuals segments, I must confess it was completely lost on me. That said, some of the segments were very interesting. My favorite was the scene between Ken Gruz and a priest played by Henry Strozier. However, some of the segments reeked of self- indulgence for its own sake, particularly the final one with Mr. Gruz painting a studio. Still I must give this film its due as a stylistic precursor to what Richard Linklater later accomplished more successfully in "Slacker."

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