The Personal Life of Mr. Phelps

Director: Dave Edelson

Institute History

  • 1989 Sundance Film Festival


A TV spy listens to his familiar tape recorder as a couple dines. This seemingly innocuous beginning builds and eventually boils over into a complex and intriguing auditory and visual experience filled with love, suspicion and violence. Dave Edelson weaves this urgent world, using incredible compositions, a sophisticated sound track and his own very-wry humor. This film also has the best opening credits around.

— Alberto Garcia

Screening Details


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