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Henry Fool

Henry Fool

Henry Fool

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1997 / 137min / 35mm

DIRECTOR: HAL HARTLEY

CAST: PARKER POSEY, THOMAS JAY RYAN, KEVIN CORRIGAN, CAMILLE PAGLIA

Hal Hartley in person for the 4:00pm show on 2/1.

A bawdy Faustian comic fable in which a garbage man can become an overnight literary cause célèbre on the strength of an epic poem, Henry Fool follows the upending impact of Thomas Jay Ryan’s title character—a drifter, a grifter, and a splenetic genius—on the inhabitants of Woodside, Queens, including transformed trashman Simon Grim (James Urbaniak), his bed-hopping sister (Parker Posey), and their depressive mother (Maria Porter). A portrait of an outsider creator by one who knows the life well, and a caustic comic contemplation of the artist’s place in the modern world.