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Directed by Richard Linklater

Part of Richard Linklater: A Day in the Life

Breaking new ground with its quixotic, seemingly random style, Slacker intricately weaves together the stories of 100 inimitable characters (beginning with Linklater himself) during a lazy, hot day in Austin, Texas. The natural dialogue, a hallmark of Linklater’s films, includes copious cultural and philosophical references ranging from Nietzsche and James Joyce to Madonna and Scooby Doo. Slacker inspired countless independent filmmakers, and spurred a youth migration to Austin. 1991, 35mm, 97 minutes.

New print courtesy the Sundance Collection at the UCLA Film & Television Archives.


In Context is made possible by generous support from Michelle and Bill Pohlad and Elizabeth Redleaf.