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Cinematronic by Michael Snyder
Film
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  Bartleby cinematronic
  director

Jonathan Parker

cast

Crispin Glover, David Paymer, Glenne Headly, Maury Chakin, Seymour Cassell, Joe Piscopo, Dick Martin, Carrie Snodgress

year

2001

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  Inspired by Herman Melville's obscure 1856 novelette "Bartleby the Scrivener," this more-pallid-than-dark comedy caricatures the stultifying nature of clerical work. An outwardly harmonious municipal-records office swiftly spins off its axis with the arrival of Bartleby, an acquiescent, then obstinate, new employee. The original story has been updated, set in a drab, modular suburban building and turned into a weird, doleful mix of the "Dilbert" comic strip and the satirical film "Office Space." Any trace of life here comes from the crazy-quilt cast. Reputable character actors David Paymer, Glenne Headly, Maury Chakin and Seymour Cassell play, respectively, the clueless, decent boss, his sexed-up assistant, an unkempt petty functionary and the city manager; ex-"Saturday Night Live" flash Joe Piscopo is correctly cast as the office's odious ladies' man. They're the flip side to the sickly-looking Crispin Glover, whose repressed anguish as Bartleby gives him the air of a time bomb from the get-go.  
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