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The Cinema of Richard LinklaterWalk, Don't Run$
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Rob Stone

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780231165532

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231165532.001.0001

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The Spaces In Between

The Spaces In Between

(p.166) Chapter Six The Spaces In Between
The Cinema of Richard Linklater

Rob Stone

Columbia University Press

This chapter constructs a Cubist portrait of the cinema of Richard Linklater, with each film seen as a fragment, and all the fragments resulting in inevitable incompletion. Not counting all the pieces of work that he will go on to make, this portrait still lacks four vital fragments: a short documentary on the opportunity for creation and evolution provided by Ground Zero in post-9/11 New York that is Live from Shiva's Dance Floor (2003), a buoyant pilot for a sunken HBO series about minimum wage earners entitled $5.15/Hr (2004), the extrapolation of a sports metaphor into philosophy that is the documentary Inning by Inning: A Portrait of a Coach (2008), and the project being filmed a few scenes every year known as Boyhood (2014). These fragments appear and disappear in the spaces between better-known projects, offering sketches, digressions, and reaffirmations of themes and aesthetics. Although little known, they are all dialogic works that point to interwoven lines of political and philosophical enquiry, illustrating and commenting upon American society and its changing values.

Keywords:   Shiva's Dance Floor, $5.15/Hr, Inning by Inning, Boyhood, dialogic works, American society

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