Elijah Drenner, USA, 2014, 93 minutes.
"Marking the end of the exhibition A Museum of the Everyday: Cinephilia and Collecting at Peltz Gallery, That Guy Dick Miller celebrates a journeyman of the Hollywood bit part. Anyone who has kept up with Hollywood films over the past forty years would recognise Dick Miller but probably wouldn’t be able to put a name to the face. Having worked with directors such as Roger Corman, Steven Spielberg, and James Cameron, regularly appearing in the films of Joe Dante (The Howling, Gremlins), and sharing the screen with the likes of Robert De Niro, Jack Nicholson and Jada Pinkett Smith, he is the epitome of the ‘It’s that guy!’ supporting actor.
Looking at Hollywood through the prism of Dick’s career echoes the collections displayed in the exhibition, particularly Vic Kinson’s Stars Archive, which records every single actor Kinson ever saw in a film. Both take the time to mark the careers of actors who may be forgotten or, in Dick’s case, recognised but not necessarily known. That Guy Dick Miller demonstrates that every film exists in the context of another film, connected through the actors in them and audiences who watch them."
A Museum of the Everyday: Cinephilia and Collecting is on at Peltz Gallery until 25th January.
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