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All the Vermeers in New York

===Story=== 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 exposé. 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'' ===DVD Features=== *Color *Widescreen

Cast

Emmanuelle ChauletAnna
Katherine BeanNicole
Grace PhillipsFelicity
Laurel Lee KieferAriel
Gracie MansionGallery Owner
Gordon Joseph WeissGordon
Stephen LackMark
Roger RuffinMax

  • Genre: Drama Movies
  • Director: Jon Jost
  • Producer: World Artists
  • Length: 87 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaJan 1, 1990
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaMay 7, 2002
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