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There's a relevant interview with director Richard Linklater, co-producer Tommy Pallotta, and others over on Animation World Network (" 'A Scanner Darkly': An Animated Illusion"), in which some thoughts are shared on the reasons for the artistic decision: Linklater offers, Philip Dick is always asking What is reality? and creating situations that seem ...


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I also spent a lot of time mulling over this scene. My conclusion was also that it was Donna in a disguise, specifically (I think) a scramble-suit reprogrammed to only display one image, of Connie, that briefly malfunctioned. The fact that he saw it the same way on the tape, repeatedly, suggests too much consistency for a hallucination. I think there is ...


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Jason P. Vest addresses this on page 169 of his novel Future Imperfect: Philip K. Dick at the Movies. To quote from it, he states: [The director] again suggests that Arctor's dual identity seeps into the surrounding world. Arctor can no longer be certain that his perception of reality is trustworthy, because no other character objectively confirms ...


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I think one could narrow it down to either Barris or Donna... Barris was already out to get Arctor and had access to the car, the knowledge and tools to do so, but his whole not remembering part, makes uou wonder why he would get in the car, knowing it would malfunction? But Donna, also has motive to do it, as she gets left behind when Barris and Luckman ...


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