Philip K . Dick
The Penultimate Truth
Director Emiliano Larre
Created & Produced by Martin Florio
Written by Patricio Vega
DVD 89 mn
This original documentary is built around an investigation by two detectives who go through piles of boxes of “evidence” and hours of taped interviews to attempt to (literally, on a bulletin board) pin down who Philip K. Dick was. We discover PKD through interviews with people who knew him well throughout his life, from high school friends to people who were around him at the time of his death. There are extensive accounts by his former wives, Kleo Mini, Ann Dick and Tessa Dick, by his writers friends, Ray Nelson, KW Jeter, Tim Powers, Paul Williams and his friends/girl friends Doris Sauter, Joan Simpson, his therapist and more.... The most fascinating for me are the extensive clips, never seen before, of his Metz Speech in 1977 (a speech delivered on a monotonous tone by reading from typed text). Interesting too is a visit in the San Rafael house, decribed in A Scanner Darkly, where the famous break-in took place and never before seen pictures (except on the Total-Dick Head blog for a couple of them). And of course there is extensive discussion of his 1974 mystical experience. A very interesting movie for the PKD fans but also for a general audience.
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