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PostPosted: Sun May 20, 2012 1:58 pm    Post subject: All the Vermeers in New York Reply with quote

Made in 1990.
This movie has it all...gaslighting by modern art, a strange scene atop the WTC, and of course Wall Street.

Gaslighting in modern art?
This post by Sheridan prompted me to share the film.

http://thomassheridanarts.blogspot.com/2011/12/celebrating-100-years-of-being.html

Disclaimers: Degraded copy. Kind of an artsy movie, some will find it to be painfully slow but I did not find it to be pretentious at all. Don't expect things to "wrap themselves up", shots to change every 2 seconds, or to have a full understanding of the characters. Don't take it too seriously,
have fun. If the stock-broker looks familiar, that's Steve Lack!...there's a little movie called "Scanners" he was also in. He mostly paints now. Laughing




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http://www.jon-jost.com/work/vermeers2.html


Probably the most maligned American Playhouse production ever aired, All the Vermeers in New York inspired unanimous contempt from TV reviewers. This 1990 anti-rhapsody in Manhattan landscapes forewarned its viewers of a tedious experience, and People magazine said it was "as exciting as watching a painting dry." What they objected to as
"arty" may have had something to do with Jost's static photography or minutes-long lyrical interludes. Composed in, on top of, and around steel and stone urban monuments--as opposed to the warm and unabashed human subjects of Vermeer--Jost's brash depiction of a post-Reagan-era Manhattan and its inhabitants (at various turns a usurious art dealership, a cutthroat Wall Street brokerage, and the superficialities of the New York dating scene) may make Woody Allen's Manhattan seem like a scenic flight in positive-thinking guru Tony Robbins's helicopter, but Jost's dramatic interest isn't in mere exposť. A stock trader's lust for the killer deal is juxtaposed with his obsessions for a rare painting and later for a homesick, unemployed French actress (Emannuelle Chaulet). He spies her in a room looking at the same painting--but what they are looking at becomes, in the psychological context of the film, as mysterious and elusive as what they are looking for. Jost's most expensive movie to date--a mere $250,000--turned out to be the most virulent of his unflinching critiques of the destructive powers of materialism in the American--or, by the romantic and historical associations he provides, European--psyche.

-Christopher Chase, Amazon.com




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"I hated VERMEERS. I found it to be self-indulgent, vacuous, irritating, boring, and pretentious. About a quarter of the audience disliked it enough to walk out before the end...This film won the L. A. Film Critics Award for Best Independent Film. I hate to think what the competition must have been like."

- George V. Reilly, Internet Movie Database


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PostPosted: Sun May 20, 2012 2:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great workshop and learn a bit about the director as well...

6:22 first video, talks about Vermeers in NY for a couple of minutes



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