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The tale of a fanatical tool collector who recreates the world according to a logic dictated by his cross-wrench. An examination of the abstract technology of sanity, Stanley inverts the documentary portrait, fusing interviews, found footage, weapons' catalogs, and alligator wrestling. An exploration of masculinity and instrumental power as it is wielded both in the tool shop and in the corridors of the Pentagon, Stanley underscores the larger significances of daily gestures in the production of meaning.

Awards and mentions
Prix du jury
New York Exposition of Short Film and Video
1995
Meilleur documentaire
San Diego Film and Video Maker's Festival
1995
Juror's Choice Award
Black Maria Film and Video Festival
Jersey City
1995
1995
United States
15:00
Original language
English

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Credits

Direction
Steven Matheson
Participants
Ron Howard
Postproduction
The UCSD visual arts facility
Original Score
Christoph Herndler
Production
Steven Matheson

Technical information

Color
Black and white
Color
Image format
4:3
Keywords
Essay, Tool, Symbolism, Obsession, Uniqueness, Masculinity
Themes