Slow Moves is a bluesy lyrical romance of two ugly-ducklings
who meet on the Golden Gate Bridge and after a brief and awkward courtship,
live together with the usual problems of money and work, take flight
to an illusory freedom on the road, and dances inexorably to a drab
doom. At once funny, grubby, beautiful, lyrical, tragic and sad.
1983 | 16mm | Color | Sound | 93 minutes
Producer, writer, director, editor cinematographer
: Jon Jost
With: Marshall Gaddis, Roxanne Rogers, Roger
Ruffin, and Barbara Hammes
Shown San Remo, Italy
( Prize Winner) Festival of Author Film, Filmex, London, Newcastle.
"... it is quite serious about demonstrating how the simplest of
plots can be visually manipulated into a vehicle of tension and suspense.
Technique is layered upon technique, all the while pushing the story forward
to its shabby and oddly affecting little conclusion. Slow Moves
deserves all the exposure it can get."
- John J. O'Conner, New York Times
"Fascinating, oddly gripping and often visually stunning. It's not
unlike a Peter Greenaway mystery translated to the dry dusty heartlands
of Malick's Badlands, although here the emphasis is on spiritual
paralysis rather than Greenaway's elegant intellectual conceits. Written
backwards from its explosive end, the real Slow Moves doesn't
actually start until you're leaving the cinema.”
- John Gill, Time Out, London