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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 mallamp
75
T7
na maborosi
80
T9
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 fakesenator
96
T10
na dmk
85
T9
na HVM
40
T1
na cloak
46
T4
slow moves is a lot better..
na paah
100
T10
na RadioFreeLee
78
T5
na eats-almonds
90
T9
na onetwothree
80
T10
na FallFoliage
45
T2
na Magmadiver
90
T9
na chumlum
5
T5
na biblioklept
98
T10
na Orion16RUS
75
T7
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 joachimt
60
T4
na Canguro
90
T10
na Haz567
70
T4
na maksler
2
T3
na imdb
72
T8
na cinema_hell
60
T2
na JakeAesthete
71
T8
na Barkinson
30
T2
na Eddie Yang
83
T6
na winds
8
T10
na Merc
60
T2
na welike
40
T9
na Darren
95
T10
na jewellrunner
82
T8
na snallygaster
83
T10
na undinum
100
T10
na flowing
64
T6
na Seethruskin
97
T10
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 drone
70
T7
na snb
65
T6
na matty5190
89
T9
na Edson Abas
90
T10
na jethro
95
T10
na Cerebrus
70
T7
na NoSex
100
T10
na donquixotic
0
T6
na b4con
85
T8
Average Tier 7.29 from 45 Rankings rss