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Hal Hartley (b. November 3, 1959, Lindenhurst, New York) is an American film director and writer, and a pioneer of the independent film movement who was educated at the State University of New York at Purchase. November 3 is the 307th day of the year (308th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 58 days remaining. ... 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Lindenhurst is a village in Suffolk County, New York, on the southern shore of Long Island in the Town of Babylon. ... An independent film, or indie film, is usually a low-budget film that is produced by a small movie studio. ... The State University of New York at Purchase, also known as Purchase College and SUNY Purchase, is a public liberal, visual, and performing arts college in Purchase, New York, United States, a part of the State University of New York system. ...

His films are often noted for their deadpan acting style and dialogue that is simultaneously philosophical and humorous. He often composes and performs the music for his films under the pseudonym Ned Rifle. Unlike most feature film directors, Hartley also makes many short films, which have been collected in DVD anthologies. Deadpan is a form of comedic delivery in which humour is presented without exhibiting a change in emotion or facial expression. ... Acting is the work of an actor or actress, which is a person in theatre, television, film, or any other storytelling medium who tells the story by portraying a character and, usually, speaking or singing the written text or play. ... A pseudonym (Greek pseudo + -onym: false name) is an artificial, fictitious name, also known as an alias, used by an individual as an alternative to a persons true name. ...

Hartley's unique style has helped him develop a cult following. Many of his films have recurring themes, including settings on Long Island, where he was born; discomfort with technology; and foreigners at odds with local culture. He also uses many of the same actors repeatedly, including Robert John Burke, Martin Donovan, Elina Lowensohn, Bill Sage, Karen Sillas, Damian Young, Thomas Jay Ryan, James Urbaniak, Parker Posey, and the late Adrienne Shelly. Map showing Long Island; to the north is Connecticut and to the west are New York City and New Jersey. ... (Far right) Robert John Burke in The Unbelievable Truth. ... Martin Donovan (1957, California) is an American stage and movie actor. ... Bill Sage (born William Sage III on July 17, 1962 in New York City, New York, USA) is an American actor and alumnus of State University of New York at Purchase. ... Karen Sillas (born June 5, 1965 in boroughs Brooklyn of New York City) is American stage, film and actress. ... Thomas Jay Ryan (b. ... James Urbaniak (born September 17, 1963 in Bayonne, New Jersey) is an American actor. ... For the African-American television actress, see Parker McKenna Posey. ... Adrienne Shelly on the DVD cover of The Unbelievable Truth Adrienne Shelly (June 16, 1966[1] or June 30, 1966[2] – November 1, 2006), sometimes credited as Adrienne Shelley and by her birth name, Adrienne Levine, was an American actress, director and screenwriter. ...

In 1997 Hartley was made Knight in the Order of Arts and Letters of the French Republic. The Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Order of Arts and Literature) is an Order of France, established on May 2, 1957 by the Minister of Culture, and confirmed as part of lOrdre National du Mérite by President Charles de Gaulle in 1963. ...


The Unbelievable Truth is a 1989 indie comedy-drama film written and directed by Hal Hartley starring Adrienne Shelly and Robert John Burke. ... Starring Adrienne Shelly and Martin Donovan, Trust is a dry, bleak comedy written and directed by Hal Hartley. ... The film Simple Men is written and directed by Hal Hartley, starring Robert John Burke, Bill Sage, Karen Sillas and Martin Donovan. ... Amateur is a 1995 film by Hal Hartley starring Isabelle Huppert Martin Donovan Elina Löwensohn Donovan plays Thomas, an amnesiac trying to put his life back together, who meets an ex-nun (Huppert) writing pornographic stories though shes in fact a virgin. ... Flirt is the 1995 Hal Hartley film. ... Henry Fool is a 1997 film directed, written, and produced by Hal Hartley. ... The Book of Life is a movie that was released in 1998, and was made by Hal Hartley. ... No Such Thing is a film that was released in 2001 and was directed by Hal Hartley. ... The Girl from Monday is a film made in 2005. ... Fay Grim is a film currently in production by writer/director Hal Hartley. ...

External links

  • Hartley's website
  • What Ever Happened to Hal Hartley? 2005 article about Hartley's career since Henry Fool.
  • Hal Hartley and Parker Posey Interview JewReview spoke to them about their new film, Fay Grim.

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a m a t e u r - Hal Hartley (350 words)
HAL HARTLEY (writer/director) arrived in New York City in 1984 after graduating from the film program at the State University of New York at Purchase.
Hartley's first feature, "The Unbelievable Truth," was shot in 1988 and premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in 1989.
Hartley's next feature, "Flirt," which is currently in production, is composed of three short films all based on the same situation but shot in New York, Berlin and Tokyo, with different actors and crews.
Hal Hartley: reviews, interviews, new films, excerpts and more (4730 words)
Hal Hartley is one of the most prominent figures in the world of American cinema, and the most eclectic.
Hal Hartley is a contemporary independent film maker whose films cohere on the basis of cinematic style, narrative approach and director.
Hartley approaches the issue of the gaze in cinema on an existential level, revealing that objectification, and particularly the objectification of women, is an obstacle to freedom.
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