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Last Chants for a Slow Dance (1977)
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Summary: A terminal "road-movie," Last Chants single-mindedly follows the path of its central character, Tom Bates, through an unspecified period of time as he talks to a hitch-hiker and then throws him out of his truck, visits his wife and has a fierce argument with her, talks to a man in a breakfast cafe, picks up a woman in a bar and has a one night stand with her... (jon-jost.com)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Directed By: Jon Jost
Written By: Jon Jost
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na flowing
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na onetwothree
80
T10
na chumlum
5
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na Nepeta
90
T9
An ultra low budget character study that stylistically subverts the realism of its awkward protracted conversations whilst also trying to give us insight in to this fiercely male character and in doing so explore both masculinity and also various things relating to the USA (particularly the media of the USA). At times intimate, sad, painful, disturbing. One very brief but horrid scene near the end lets it down slightly.
na winds
8
T10
na NoSex
100
T10
na Neonman
88
T9
Jost uses his low-budget restraints to his advantage, sacrificing technical mastery for a docudrama-esque aesthetic which makes this film all the more engaging (and nostalgic). The long shots allow the audience to take in all the details of the sets, all of which appear very true-to-life and lived-in. The acting isn't the best, but the characters are strongly written, many of the exchanges of dialogue reveal classic road-movie archetypes (but not stereotypes).
na Cerebrus
70
T7
na JakeAesthete
71
T8
na snb
65
T6
na matty5190
89
T9
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40
T9
na joachimt
60
T4
na RadioFreeLee
78
T5
na paah
100
T10
na eats-almonds
90
T9
na undinum
100
T10
na cinema_hell
60
T2
na maborosi
80
T9
na mallamp
75
T7
na jewellrunner
82
T8
na Eddie Yang
83
T6
na imdb
72
T8
na cloak
46
T4
slow moves is a lot better..
na FallFoliage
45
T2
na Barkinson
30
T2
na Moribunny
73
T8
Kiarostami's Ten meets Fassbinder's Why Does Herr R. Run Amok? in this exceptional movie made for $2000, a naturalistic portrait of a deeply disturbed man. It is constructed out of several segments, long, often single-take scenes, each of which has Tom (played by Jandek lookalike Tom Blair) interacting with a single other person. Interspersed are bits of song, sometimes silence. An engaging early work from a woefully unsung auteur.
na biblioklept
98
T10
A film that deconstructs Western myths of individualism and masculnity with its use of long takes of painful, awkward conversations. These conversations are done naturalistically and to great success, saying much during its short runtime. With these aspects, this film is very comapatible with the work of Hong Sang-soo, although Jost's work is much darker, and more familiar to the mainstream cinema goer. A masterpiece. Thoroughly excellent and revealing.
na Magmadiver
90
T8
na donquixotic
0
T6
na Seethruskin
97
T10
na dmk
85
T9
na Merc
60
T2
na drone
70
T7
na Canguro
90
T10
na maksler
2
T3
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T10
na jethro
95
T10
na b4con
85
T8
na Edson Abas
90
T10
na HVM
40
T1
na Darren
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na Haz567
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na Orion16RUS
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