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Waking Life

Directed by Richard Linklater

Part of Richard Linklater: A Day in the Life

“It’s about life and how you perceive it….” So declares Wiley Wiggins (the protagonist in Dazed and Confused) at the opening of Waking Life, for which Linklater utilized the then-new method of rotoscoping animation. The result is a fever of brightly hued, rippling, and fluidly dreamlike images as companion to the film’s philosophical musings—a “truly living and breathing work of art” (Film Threat). Featuring a cast of more than 50 characters, Waking Life is a “shape-shifting head trip that ruminates on psychodynamic experience as it visually captures the essence of subjectivity in a manner no film ever has before” (Village Voice). 2001, 35mm, 99 minutes.


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