All The Vermeers In New York

Jon Jost’s ravishing independent feature about art, money, and loneliness in Manhattanbeautifully shot in ‘Scope by Jost himself and with a wonderful, Gil Evans-ish big-band jazz score by Jon A. Englishcan be viewed as a kind of companion piece to Jost’s earlier Rembrandt Laughing (1988), which dealt with several friends and acquaintances over several months in San Francisco. The main characters here are three young women who share a spacious apartmentEmmanuelle Chaulet (from Rohmer’s Boyfriends and Girlfriends), Katherine Bean, and Grace Phillipsand a Wall Street broker (Stephen Lack) who loves the Vermeers in the Metropolitan Museum. As in Jost’s other features, the narrative is elliptically constructedthe film seems more concerned with evoking a place, time, and milieu than with a dramatically shaped storybut there’s still a lot of lyrical passion and drama in the sounds, images, and characters themselves (1990). (JR)

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