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Clerks Kevin Smiths 1994 debut as a writer and director of full-length films made the slacker comedy genre famous Slacker comedy is a genre essentially characterized by low budget filming lower class characters and urban settings Following the fairly successful formula of the 1991 release of Slacker Clerks shows a day in the life of a couple of main characters with little action but lots of dialogue The cheap black and white camera used because of lack of money not aesthetic quality adds to the grittiness and realness of the film According to Clerkscom the movie was mainly funded by ten credit cards that Kevin Smith had to his namea family donation and paychecks from working at the Quick Stop and RST Video Before Clerks was released it was sent to the Independent Feature Film Market where Bob Hawk a member of the Sundance Advisory Committee saw and enjoyed the movie After that it was shown at the Sundance Film Festival where it received an award and was picked up by Mirimax Once it was released Clerks gained a large following composed of mostly young white males Slacker previously the definitive slacker-comedy showed unmotivated shabby and comical people in everyday situations Clerks took Slacker and added wit quicker comedy and gave it a plot This revolutionized how we see the genre and raised the standards of the independent cinema audienceClerks is a movie telling the story of one day at a Quik Stop convenience store The film is shot almost entirely inside the Quik Stop or its neighbor RST Video There are two main characters Dante played by Brian OHalloran and Randal Graves played by Jeff Anderson who had never acted before Clerkscom At the beginning of the movie Dante is called into work on his day off The movie progresses and entertains with comedic encounters with customers witty dialogue and at the climax an accidental necrophilic act There is a plot and it consists
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