It's Impossible to Learn to Plow by Reading Books

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
It's Impossible to Learn to Plow by Reading Books
Directed by Richard Linklater
Produced by Richard Linklater
Written by Richard Linklater (concept)
Starring Richard Linklater
Cinematography Richard Linklater
Edited by Richard Linklater
Detour Filmproduction
Release date
  • 1988 (1988)
Running time
86 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $3,000

It's Impossible to Learn to Plow by Reading Books is the first feature film by Richard Linklater, released in 1988. The film features little dialogue.


In its minimal and non-traditional plot, the protagonist travels about the country meeting with various acquaintances when not taking part in various mundane, day-to-day activities. There is no real rising action or climax, and Linklater's character does not change substantially throughout the course of the film.


The film was shot on Super 8 mm film and edited at a public-access television cable TV station, with Linklater starring and handling all production duties. Outsider musician Daniel Johnston also appears in the film.


The film never received a widespread release. It is only available on DVD and Blu-ray as a bonus feature on Slacker from The Criterion Collection.[1]


External links[edit]